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Teenage boys receive lengthy sentences for Gloucester stabbing

A 16-year-old boy who caused life threatening injuries to a man he stabbed during a robbery attack in Matson has been sentenced to four years and four months custody today.

His accomplice in the robbery, also 16, who was also armed during the attack, received a sentence of three years eight months.

The first youth, who was only 15 at the time, admitted robbing Jamie Evans, causing him grievous bodily harm and possessing a knife in Juniper Avenue, Matson, on November 3, 2018.

His co-defendant pleaded guilty to attempted robbery of Mr Evans.

Last week two youths of similar ages, who denied taking part in the robbery bid, were cleared on the directions of the judge.

Passing sentence today on the other two youths Judge Ian Lawrie QC said: "Both have pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and the younger one to wounding. There were two co-defendants who pleaded not guilty and stood their trial last week.

"However after hearing the evidence, I had to stop the case as there was a significant area of dispute over whether the youth who attacked Jamie Evans then pursued the victim with a follow up attack and again threatened him with a weapon.

"The younger youth always denied this subsequent assault, but Mr Evans was equally clear he was threatened with a weapon after he was stabbed. He had always assumed that it was the same assailant.

"Mr Evans described how emergency surgery was performed, which involved keyhole surgery to repair the damage of seven puncture wounds caused by the knife entry into his body.

"He recalled a doctor asking him how long the knife was and he guessed at six inches. The doctor opined that it would have been a lot longer than that to result in the damage caused."

The judge told the youths "It is clear that both of you have not had easy lives and endured troubled home circumstances. 

"But this cannot begin to be an excuse or a driver for the offences of this gravity as one of you has pushed several inches of steel into Mr Evans in pursuit of a robbery, paying scant regard for the consequences of using a knife in that way.

"I have little doubt that with the benefit of retrospection you regret your actions and the harm you caused to Mr Evans and that you have a full sense of remorse.

"In light of your age a custodial sentence is always used as a last resort, preferring to adopt sentences that attempt to rehabilitate an offender.

"There was an element of planning, as both of you had gone out with a view to committing a crime, equipped yourselves with weapons and concealed your identity. 

"You also committed the offence under the influence of drugs.

"However, I conclude that these offences are so serious only a custodial sentence will suffice."

Judge Lawrie sentenced the older youth to three years and eight months in detention. 

The younger youth, who knifed Mr Evans, received four years and four months detention. The judge also imposed a £30 victim surcharge on both youths.

Judge Lawrie added: "It is with deep regret that I've had to impose a prison sentence on both of you. I am personally not keen on locking up 16-year-olds."

An application by the press to lift the anonymity order to name the youths was rejected by the judge on the grounds that it was not in the 'public interest' to do so.

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