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Amended - Man convicted of random stabbing – Abingdon

News   •   Dec 05, 2018 14:10 GMT

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man has been convicted of a random stabbing in Abingdon.

Oliver Welsby, aged 18, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of section 18 – wounding with intent, at Oxford Crown Court on Monday (3/12).

He is due to be sentenced at the same court on 18 January next year.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jen Gibbons of Force CID based at Abingdon police station, said: “On the morning of July 19th this year, the victim, a 51-year-old woman was walking her dog in Boxhill Park.

“She was then approached by Oliver Welsby, who without warning, grabbed her across the mouth and stabbed her in the stomach, before fleeing the scene.

“The victim sustained serious injuries to her lower abdomen, but thankfully survived the attack. However, understandably the impact of this incident on her, and the wider community, has been huge.

“I am pleased that Welsby has pleaded guilty to the offence and will be sentenced by the courts in due course.

“I would like to thank all those who have helped this investigation, including members of the public who came forward and for the continued support of our community.”

Notes to editors – The investigating officer is available for interview about the case. If you are interested in interviewing the officer, please email

Date of the offence is 19th July, not 31st as previously stated.