People are furious that a thug who stabbed a mother until she blacked out before swinging her baby by the legs and slamming his head against a wall was caged ‘for just eight years’.
BirminghamLive readers have reacted with ‘anger’ and ‘disbelief’ after Aamer Araf was handed a reduced sentence after he knifed a 37-year-old woman with a kitchen blade at a property in Mansion Drive, Tipton, in the early hours of May 28.
The warped attacker then took her seven-month-old son upstairs and began swinging him by his legs and banging his head on the walls as neighbours rushed to help the seriously hurt mum.
West Midlands Police said the 33-year-old used the baby to avoid arrest but was later Tasered in a bid to free the boy.
The tot was taken to hospital in a critical condition with head injuries, while his mother suffered stab wounds to her face, hands and thigh, and a fractured hand.
Araf was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of grievous bodily harm at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday, April 30.
He was diagnosed as being a paranoid schizophrenic and was also a habitual cannabis user.
Araf, of Mansion Drive, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, reduced to eight years for his early guilty plea and reduced culpability. He will also serve four years on licence upon his release.
But people are furious about the sentence and have slammed the justice system for the jail time.
Ian Bishop said: “Where is the actual Justice in this case. the law needs to change it needs to be tougher jail sentences and the law must be what the law states not jailed for 12 years then do eight due to early plea.
“He must face the 12 years no matter what. what has the victim actually got from what she suffered? Hardly anything. No Justice anymore. It’s wrong.”
Debbie Byrne wrote: “Joke sentence. Poor mom and baby. Horrific. Justice system is a sham”
Liam Ebanks penned: “Reduced to eight years. What a joke.”
Det Con Deb Bullman, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This was a dreadful incident with mother and son suffering terrible injuries, but remarkably the little boy has made an astonishing recovery, although he will still need to be monitored as he grows, to determine if there are any lasting effects.
“His mother still has physical and mental scars for which she is receiving on-going support.”
Ms Bullman added: “Domestic abuse remains a key priority for us. Sadly since the start of the pandemic last year we have seen an increase of 17 per cent in domestic-related incidents, but we have not reduced our response to victims.
“The force responds to more than 200 incidents per day and we remain committed to catching perpetrators.
“So we urge anyone who is not feeling safe in their own home to seek help. We have specially trained officers who work alongside support groups and charities to help survivors achieve the best outcome for them.”