Hampshire Constabulary

Fareham man jailed for sixteen years after being found guilty of attempted murder.

Press release   •   May 17, 2019 13:14 BST

A 32-year-old man from Fareham has been jailed for sixteen years after he stabbed his 24 year-old victim seventeen times in Park Gate last August.

Ashley Peter Luff of Bedford Drive in Fareham was found guilty of attempted murder at Portsmouth Crown Court on Tuesday 9 April.

Today (Friday 17 May) he was sentenced to sixteen years in prison at the same court.

The jury had heard that Luff had assaulted his victim, who has made a full recovery, on Southampton Road in Park Gate on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Luff waited behind a parked vehicle and attacked the victim with a knife when he cycled past.

A video on social media site Facebook showing Luff’s former partner and his victim was shown to the court, which was described as making Luff jealous.

Investigating officer DS Mark Edis said: “This was a very serious assault, with both parties known to each other. Luff’s actions led to the victim being treated at Southampton General Hospital, thankfully he has recovered from his injuries.

“Today’s sentence sends a clear message that the courts take this kind of violent assault very seriously. I hope this outcome helps the victim to move on with his life, safe in the knowledge that Luff will serve a significant sentence.

“We take knife crime very seriously, and we work in partnership with communities, local authorities and other agencies to reduce serious violence.

“Part of this would not be possible if it wasn’t for residents letting us know about suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods.

“The information you give us helps us to build a real picture of what is going on and where we need to focus our resources."

For more information on the national knife crime campaign please visit: https://www.knifefree.co.uk/

If you notice unusual activity in your street, or you are concerned about someone carrying a knife, please let us know, either by calling 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.