Teenager slashed biker with Stanley knife during Meir street fight, court told


A 17-year-old boy attacked another teenage boy with a Stanley Knife during a street fight in Stoke-on-Trent, a court heard.

Jordan Dawson, of Phillip Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to wounding with internet and having an offensive weapon.

The defendant and his then girlfriend were walking on Harvey Road, in Meir, on October 26 when they stopped the victim who was on his motorbike.

The victim hit the defendant over the head with his motorbike helmet.

But then Dawson retaliated,  punching the victim before cutting him with the knife.

Dawson, now 18, was sentenced to 43 months in a Young Offenders’ Institute at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Fiona Cortese, prosecuting, told the court: “The complainant had a cut to his face for which he had to go to hospital and have stitches.

“The defendant was arrested and a Stanley Knife was recovered from his home and the blade had blood on it.

“He said that his intention was to make the complainant back off.”

Joanne Wallbanks, mitigating, said: “There have been no further incidents since this offence.

“In June 2017, he went to see his GP reporting low moods and was on anti-depressants at the time.

“He is a very hard worker and is spoken highly thought of by his employer.

“He regrets the incident and is sorry for the injuries caused.”

Judge Paul Glenn told the defendant: “You are of previous good character and at the time of these offences you were 17-years-old.

“You have a very supportive family and this is a very sad day for them.

“You caused the bike to stop, you made the threats and you proceeded to slash him with a Stanley Knife.

“DNA evidence disproved what you said about hitting him with the handle of your knife.

“You did express remorse for what you have done.”

(pic courtesy of Staffordshire Police)


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