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Wannabe Rapper Jailed After Birmingham Knife Attack
A man's been jailed for six years after a teenager was left permanently scarred following a stabbing in Birmingham.
A court was told how 21-year-old Joshua Marshall from Bordesley Green carried out the attack in February last year - after demanding the teenager's phone.
Birmingham Crown Court was told that Marshall, a local rapper, known as 'Hecki', had approached the lad as he stood outside Bordesley General Store on Cherrywood Road in February 2014.
He demanded the boy's phone, and when he refused, Marshall produced a knife, which he used to slash the boy across the face, before running away.
The victim was left with a 7cm laceration across the left side of his face which cut through to the bone, he underwent surgery, but has been left permanently scarred.
DC Rory Juss from Force CID, said: " Following the attack, a witness named the attacker as 'Hecki', a local rapper, who has posted a number of videos on YouTube.
"Police enquiries revealed 'Hecki' to be Joshua Marshall and he was arrested and interviewed.
"He remained silent during police interviews. However, during cross-examination in the trial, he claimed he had been attacked by one of the victim's friends who had the knife and was acting in self-defence, when he pushed his assailant, who stumbled back and accidently cut the victim's face in the process.
"Fortunately, the Jury saw through Marshall's incredible story and found him guilty, before sentencing him to six years."
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