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4 June 2014, 12:26
A 16 year-old boy has been sentenced today to a total of 17 years for being one of three masked men - who repeatedly stabbed a Luton man in his own house on the 16th of November last year.
The teenager - who we can't name for legal reasons - had joined two others who broke into the home of 47 year-old Tony Abrahams who he shared with his 52 year-old wife Trina; and 24 year-old daughter Jade, in Wellfield Avenue.
After confronting the men - Mrs Abrahams told the court she saw all three males attack Mr Abrahams - who suffered four stab wounds - two to the chest, one to the abdomen and one in his back above his buttocks. One of his lungs had collapsed and his bowel was pierced.
Jade Abrahams told the court the three men went into her room too and all three had a knife and suffered a small cut to her chin when one of them pointed a knife at her.
Police arrested the defendent a few days later in Wood Green, North London.
The youth was cleared by a jury of attempting to murder Mr Abrahams, but has today been convicted of an alternative charge of wounding with intent. He was also convicted of burglary after taking a gold watch, a Blackberry 'phone, £240 cash and car keys from the Abraham's home.
He did not give evidence and no evidence was offered on his behalf to the jury.
The judge passed a 12 year sentence of detention on the youth with an extended sentence of a further 5 years. It means it won't be eligible for parole until he is two thirds of the way through his sentence.
The judge said: "This was a vicious and merciless attack. Mr Abrahams suffered potentially life-threatening injuries. It is only good fortune that those stab wounds were not fatal. You are a dangerous and defiant young man. I have no doubt you are a dangerous offender. You have shown no remorse or victim empathy."
As he was led from the dock, the youth waved at Jade Abrahams.
After the hearing, Mr Abrahams said he was pleased with the judge's sentence. He said: "I am ok medically now but am still receiving counselling for post traumatic distress."