A man has admitted the attempted murder of a woman he stabbed in Streatham Hill.

Mark Brazant, 43, of Windmill Road, Ealing, appeared at the Old Bailey on Thursday, (August 6) where he pleaded guilty following a trial. He will be sentenced on September 16.

Police were called at 5:23pm on December 30 2019, to a report of a woman stabbed in Downton Avenue, Streatham Hill.

The victim was taken to hospital where her injuries were assessed as not life-threatening or life-changing. The stabbing occurred as she was pushing her child in a pushchair, who was not injured.

Brazant attacked the victim from behind then he ran off down Downton Avenue away from the High Road leaving her injured in the street.

During the trial the jury heard how in-depth CCTV enquiries enabled detectives to trace Brazant’s movements that day. He had travelled all over London for hours on public transport in search of a victim.

Three days later, following extensive media coverage, Brazant handed himself in to Wandsworth Police station.

Brazant was arrested and charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a pointed/bladed article on January 2. Today he plead guilty to attempted murder.

Wandsworth Times:

Acting Detective Sergeant Mark Pascall, said:

“I am pleased with today’s result as Brazant originally claimed he wasn’t in sound mind at the time but his words and actions following the attack showed otherwise. It was clear Brazant had a clear intent that day to cause harm. He is dangerous and unpredictable.

“We have no idea why he chose the victim he did but thankfully, and luckily, she wasn’t more seriously injured.

“I would like to thank the investigation team for extremely thorough enquiries that meant we were able to charge him so quickly and take him off the streets on London.

“I commend the victim for her bravery throughout the trial and courage to give evidence in front of the man who caused her serious harm."