Joshua Bowles Wiki – Joshua Bowles Biography
A former GCHQ worker who stabbed a US National Security Agency (NSA) employee outside a leisure center as he left netball practice. Joshua Bowles 29, conducted a “reconnaissance” of his female victim, including investigating her schedule before stabbing her on the night of March 9.
He appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Prosecutors claimed the crime should be treated as a terrorist attack because Bowles targeted the woman, referred to in the charges only by the code number ‘99230,’ because of her work.
The victim was an employee of the United States government and at the time of the attack she was on secondment at GCHQ. Bowles, who left GCHQ in 2022, was armed with two knives when he attacked the woman as he left Tommy Taylors Lane leisure center in Cheltenham, three miles from the UK intelligence agency’s base. He also hit another man, Alex Fuentes, who tried to intervene to stop the attack. Tim Forte, defending, said this would be challenged and reports had been provided showing Bowles had depression and an autism spectrum disorder.
Joshua Bowles Age
The age of Joshua Bowles is 29 year.
Bowles knew the woman would be leaving the leisure center at that time due to the investigation he had carried out into her personal life. He went on numerous fictitious runs and turned up at the leisure center on February 9 after finding the victim’s netball game schedule online. Appearing via video link from HMP Belmarsh, Bowles, of Welwyn Mews, Cheltenham, was wearing a gray tracksuit as he gave evidence.
Judge Cheema-Grubb told Bowles she hoped he would be sentenced before the end of October. Nick Price, head of the CPS Terrorism and Crime Task Force, said: “This extremely violent attack on two innocent people was completely unprovoked.” “It is right that those who commit violent crimes like this be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law to protect the public, and our thoughts remain with the victims and their families.”
Prosecutor Emma Gargitter said: “The prosecution’s evidence indicates that from early 2023 it began carrying out reconnaissance and investigations into the victim; that it investigated his personal life via the internet and discovered that the leisure center where the attack eventually occurred it hosted netball.” Games where you participate. ‘The reconnaissance included fictitious tours or investigative visits to the leisure center on 9 February 2023 and then on 9 March 2023, when she was present playing a netball match the fact and time of which had been available to the accused through from Internet.
‘He went to the leisure center with two knives in a backpack and waited in a car park for her to come out. He was with a friend of hers and he tried to stab her in a parking lot while he was behind her. ‘He was rejected by the victim and her friend and the intervention of Mr. Fuentes, who received a punch.
‘The victim and her friend escaped and entered the leisure center. Mr Bowles entered with a second knife (her first one had broken in the car park) and attacked her again in reception, stabbing her. ‘The attack ended thanks to the intervention of the people around her and the victim was able to escape from the reception and return to the netball court with the help of lifeguards until the arrival of the police and an ambulance.
During this time the defendant remained in the reception area speaking with an individual who had intervened. ‘The victim of the attempted murder was working at GCHQ at the same time as the defendant. However, although she worked at GCHQ, she was a US government employee there.
“She had not only investigated the victim, but also two of her predecessors who had worked in the same role for the United States government, so Mr. Bowles had investigated three in succession before the attack.” Judge Cheema-Grubb said Bowles would remain in custody until sentencing in mid-October at the Old Bailey. She ordered a pre-sentence report to assess dangerousness.Read More……..