Mark Lally Sentenced to Life in Prison

A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 11 years to be served.

Last year, on 27 November 2019 at just before 10pm, the man pictured, Mark Lally, aged 50, of Wootton Road, Abingdon, visited a woman’s address in Abingdon, in an intoxicated state.

After he arrived, an argument ensued between him and a woman in her forties.  At some point during the argument, Lally went downstairs and took a large kitchen knife and returned upstairs.

He then viciously attacked the victim with the knife, stabbing her eight times.

The victim suffered two collapsed lungs, a chipped collar bone, fractured ribs and the doctors report that the knife missed her spinal cord by just 3mm.  The victim was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Officers were called to the scene and Lally was arrested shortly thereafter.

In August 2020, Mark Lally appeared in Oxford Crown Court to face the charge attempted murder. Following a five day trial, he was found guilty by unanimous jury of one count of attempted murder.

Lally was sentenced on Wednesday, 26 August 2020, after being convicted the same day.

Detective Sergeant Neil Anns, of St Aldates police station, said:

“This was a horrific case in which the victim has not yet recovered from her injuries. I would like to thank her for her bravery in standing up against her attacker and giving evidence against him.

“Lally admitted to stabbing the victim but denied attempting to murder her, but having heard the facts of the case the jury came to the unanimous conclusion he had intended to murder the victim.

“I pay tribute to the efforts of the jury in hearing the case, the CPS for presenting the case, and our police officers for their diligent work in investigating the offence. Special praise also goes to the responding officers who the judge and medical staff recognize saved the victims life through prompt first aid.

“This conviction shows Thames Valley Police will work tirelessly to protect victims of such incidents and bring offenders to justice, and the force will investigate and work collaboratively with the CPS to present cases for trial.”

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