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Man Held Indefinitely After Stabbing Rampages

Tuesday 5th August 2014

A South London man has been detained indefinitely after a Woolwich Crown Court found him guilty on two counts of attempted murder.


Archibald Reverent Foster, 48, has been given an indefinite hospital order and can only be released after the Home Office make a decision on whether or not to keep him detained in a mental institution for life.

Foster was first arrested in September, 2013 after a knife attack in Plumstead Common left a woman, 31, hospitalised with stab wounds to her legs, hands, fingers, and neck.

A subsequent police investigation after his September arrest linked him to a similar crime which had taken place in Catford the previous month.  

Foster was not apprehended in the August attack which also left a woman, 26, hospitalised with injuries to her hand, arm, and leg. The victim was saved by a passerby, John Wayre, 69, who was able to pull Foster from the victim, stopping him from doing further harm.

Police recovered the weapon from the scene but were unable to link Foster to the crime until he attacked the second woman the next month.

His Honour Judge Topolski commended John Wayre’s bravery saying it was: “Breathtaking, helping an innocent person without regard to himself”

John Wayre was given £750 for his heroism in this instance as well as a Commissioner’s Commendation and a Gold medal for bravery.

Investigating officer Acting Detectve Sergeant Stephanie Chance, said:
"I am very pleased with the sentence, a very dangerous man is now off the streets and is receiving the care and treatment that he requires.