Girdaware Basra jailed for meat cleaver attack
A man has been jailed for a minimum of seven years for attacking his ex-partner and her new boyfriend with a meat cleaver at a family gathering.
Girdaware Basra, 55, of Northfleet, Kent, was found guilty of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm in an earlier trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
Kent Police said his victims suffered serious injuries in the attack.
Judge Jeremy Gold, sentencing at Croydon Crown Court, told Basra he had not shown a "flicker of remorse".
Kent Police said Basra repeatedly hit his 31-year-old victim over the head with a meat cleaver after they began arguing at a family gathering in Beaumont Drive, Gravesend, in October 2011.'Horrific attack'
His 42-year-old ex-partner tried to intervene and suffered a serious hand injury.
Basra, who had denied the charges, was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a minimum seven years, minus time served on remand, on Friday.
Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Richard Maw said: "This was a brutal, horrific attack which took place whilst children were in the property.
"The sentence reflects the severity of the crime and Basra will not be considered for release from prison until he can prove he is no longer a risk to the public.
"Basra has failed to show any remorse for subjecting his victims to this ordeal and I hope that those affected will now be able to move forward with their lives."