Man sentenced for carrying out Queen’s Park strangulation attacks

Riccardo Talarico’s youngest victim was a five-year-old girl

A man who tried to strangle three people, including a five-year-old girl, in Queen’s Park has been sentenced to a hospital order.

Riccardo Talarico, 41, carried out his terrifying trio of acts in the afternoon of January 29 this year.

His first victim, a 27-year-old woman, was targeted as she sat in the Alice House in Salusbury Road, at 3.50pm.

Talarico approached her from behind and tied a piece of cable around her neck pulling it tighter and tighter.

The victim escaped serious injury when the cable broke and Talarico ran off laughing.

His next victim, the young girl, was walking with her mother in Kilburn Lane when he tried to throttle her with his belt.

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He struck a final time in Bravington Road using a piece of cable on a 28-year-old man.

Last Friday at Harrow Crown Court he was convicted of three counts of actual bodily harm and detained under the Mental Health Act.

DC Emma Smy from Brent Violent Crime Unit said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the victims. I am pleased with the result which will safeguard the public.