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10 December 2018, 20:13 | Updated: 10 December 2018, 20:15
A 14 year-old boy has been sentenced to seven years after threatening a man with a knife and stabbing a teenager in Letchworth Garden City, leaving him seriously injured.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before St Albans Crown Court for sentencing today (Monday, 10th December) after pleading guilty to Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent, having an article with a blade in a public place and threatening another with a bladed article.
He will serve five years in a Youth Detention Centre before serving a further two years on licence.
It's after the court heard how on Friday afternoon, 8th June 2018, the first victim, 20s, was walking along Broadway when he saw the defendant cycling past.
Words were exchanged before the defendant dismounted his bike and approached the first victim, attempted to punch him before pulling a knife from his pocket.
He brandished it towards the victim, who managed to grab the defendant’s hands and plead with him to stop before he left the scene.
Just half an hour later the defendant approached three people – one of which was the second victim – in Jackmans Place.
The second victim is aged 15 and the brother of the first victim.
The offender, again on his bike, began verbally abusing the group and pulled out a folding knife, threatening them with it, before stabbing the 15 year-old in the neck.
He then got back on his bike and cycled away.
The victim walked a short distance before collapsing and receiving first aid from a passer-by.
He was taken to hospital where he stayed for five days, before being readmitted when he suffered complications. He has since fully recovered from his injury. The offender was arrested three days later, on June 11.
Detective Constable Gary Larkman, from the North Herts Local Crime Unit, said:
“This was an incident involving a group of people known to one another. The offender reacted aggressively over a debt of £20 owed to him, before choosing to use a knife to stab his victim. He then left the area without any concern for the victim’s welfare.
This could have easily been a murder investigation, such was the severity of the victim’s injury, but thankfully he pulled through.
I hope the sentence handed down today gives the offender a chance to reflect on his actions and realise that by carrying and using a knife, he has had a lasting negative impact on both the victim’s life and his own.”