Joshua Bowles, aged 29, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey today to attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
This plea comes after Bowles launched a knife attack on a woman he believed worked at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
The incident occurred on March 9 this year outside a leisure center in Cheltenham at approximately 9:15 PM.
Details of the Attack
The victim, a US national employed by the National Security Agency of the USA, was working at GCHQ at the time of the attack.
Bowles, armed with two knives, assaulted the woman as she was leaving Leisure at Cheltenham, which is located approximately three miles from the UK intelligence agency’s base.
The attack resulted in the victim sustaining multiple stab injuries.
Assault on Intervening Man
In addition to the attempted murder charge, Bowles also pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
This charge stemmed from an incident where he assaulted a man who intervened while Bowles was attempting to murder the woman.
Joshua Bowles is now awaiting sentencing, which will be scheduled for a later date.
Nick Price, the Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, expressed the gravity of the situation, describing it as an “extremely violent attack against two innocent people” that was “completely unprovoked.”
He emphasized the importance of prosecuting individuals involved in such violent crimes to the fullest extent of the law to protect the public.
This case highlights the seriousness of the unprovoked attack on a woman who was simply leaving a leisure center, revealing the potential dangers individuals may face in public spaces.
The guilty plea signifies that the legal process is progressing, but the sentencing phase will determine the consequences Bowles will face for his actions.
Such incidents underscore the importance of safeguarding public safety and ensuring that justice is served in cases of violent crimes.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn