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Boy, 17, gets 12 months for stabbing teen in Blackbird Leys

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Sep 16, 2022

A teen boy ‘stopped breathing’ as he was sped to hospital on blue lights – having been stabbed in the abdomen.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was attacked in Samphire Road, Blackbird Leys, on June 14.

An older boy, now 17 but 16 at the time of the attack, dealt the blow using another's knife.

The victim told police officers that although the older teen had stabbed him ‘he thought the knife was being aimed at his friend and that he took it for him, as he put it, and thus was himself wounded’, prosecutor Michael Speak told Oxford Youth Court on Thursday.

At 3.58pm, the boy’s mum had received a text from her son saying: “[The defendant] stabbed me. I’ve been stabbed.”

She drove to the scene and began administering first aid.

Her son had been stabbed in the abdomen and the knife had cut his liver. He spent a month in hospital but had since made a full recovery.

Summarising a personal statement written by the victim’s mother, Mr Speak said: “She says it’s hard to put into words the gravity of the impact this crime has had on her son, her and her family.

“She thought he was going to die when she was in the ambulance with him. He had stopped breathing in the ambulance and she says: 'My world stopped.'

“She says she tries not to think about it and she says she doesn’t think she’ll ever be the same.

“‘I feel on edge all the time, as if something else terrible is going to happen’ and she speaks of her own sense of failing her son by not being able to protect him.”

The court heard that the defendant was swiftly arrested. The victim’s blood was found on clothing left in the washing machine.

The defendant, who cannot be named as he is under-18, appeared in the dock on Thursday wearing a grey Nike tracksuit jumper.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm. The court heard he had limited previous convictions, although it included causing actual bodily harm to a schoolboy in ‘retaliation’ for a knife attack on his brother.

Robert Lindsey, mitigating, said it was his client’s case that the knife had been brought to the scene by one of the victim’s two friends.

The trio had knocked at the door of the property where the defendant had stopped. When the door was opened, the victim removed the balaclava he was wearing, Dr Lindsey said.

He added: “At this point my client says the other person with the victim has something in his hand which he thinks is a weapon. He grabs the weapon, that’s when the assault happens and the victim is stabbed.” The knife was never recovered.

The victim was said not to want to ‘assist the police’, the defence barrister said.

Dr Lindsey told the judge: “He regrets his actions but I can’t tender any remorse for his victim.”

His mum told the court: “He’s a good kid. He just took a wrong path.”

Sentencing the boy to 12 months’ detention, District Judge Kamlesh Rana said: “This offence involved the use of a knife to assault a young person – to assault a young person so badly that this could have been fatal. He may not have survived this assault. [That he did] that’s by pure chance.”

A restraining order was imposed banning him from contacting his victim.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.

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