Ventura Park knife teen avoids prison
A TAMWORTH teenager who stabbed a man in Ventura Park has avoided being sent to jail.
The victim, 21-year-old Jordan Shakespeare, was airlifted to hospital with a puncture wound causing bleeding in his lung, Stafford Crown Court heard.
The attacker was a 16-year-old youth, who pulled out a knife in a confrontation between two groups in an underpass near Ventura Park. Mr Richard Davenport, prosecuting, said words were exchanged as the groups passed each other and they squared up to one another. Thinking one of his friends was in trouble, Mr Shakespeare threw a punch at the defendant, who responded by stabbing him.
The teenager, now 17, cannot be named, but was given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order with a three-month curfew. He admitted charges of malicious wounding and possessing a knife.
Judge Michael Elsom told him: "You stabbed this man in the chest – that could have been fatal.
"People who carry knives and use them to inflict injury on fellow citizens can ordinarily expect to go straight to prison.
"Because of the age you are and because you were only 16 (at the time of the offence), I have to look at wider things. That doesn't mean to say you are going to be let off."
Mr Davenport told the court that, at first, Mr Shakespeare did not realise he had been stabbed.
He and two friends ran off before he noticed a rip in his coat.
When he opened it, his T-shirt was soaked in blood.
His friends used a sock to staunch the bleeding and an ambulance was called.
He was eventually airlifted to hospital, where a CT scan revealed bleeding in a lung.
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The defendant made no comment on arrest.
Mr Simon Rippon, defending, said: "What he's done is put a knife in his pocket, no doubt because he's been associating with the wrong sort of people and because it's a 'cool' thing to do."
The defendant had not put any force in to the stabbing blow, he added.