13-year-old jailed for triple stabbing outside University of Birmingham School in Selly Oak
Written by Tristan Harris on March 10, 2019
A TEENAGE boy has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting stabbing three pupils on Weoley Park Road, outside the University of Birmingham School in Selly Oak.
The boy, who is 13 and cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked the teenagers as they headed home from school on December 10 last year.
He was arrested at an address in Northfield and was found with an 18inch machete and a combat knife stashed down his trousers.
At Birmingham Crown Court, the boy admitted one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of malicious wounding and he was handed the two-and-a-half-year sentence.
On the day of the attack, staff responded swiftly and two of the injured pupils were whisked to safety inside the school premises until emergency services arrived.
The most seriously injured was given first aid at the scene by staff, police and paramedics.
Two of the victims aged 14 and 15 – suffered knife injuries to the stomach and arm respectively – and were kept in hospital overnight.
Another 14-year-old also suffered a knife injury which was, fortunately, less serious.
All three have made a full physical recovery.
DC Simon Kershaw said: “The rise in violence and knife crime has been well-publicised in the media over the last few weeks.
“This case clearly highlights the shocking reality of young people carrying knives into violent situations.
“A boy, aged just 13, felt the need to arm himself with a deadly weapon and used it to harm not one, but three other teenagers.
“It is only by a stroke of luck that all three victims made a full recovery and did not become yet another knife murder statistic.
“Nevertheless although no-one in this case died, it doesn’t make it any less tragic.
“Four very young lives have been damaged irreparably.
“The three victims carry the physical and psychological scars of their attack and the defendant has been jailed for more than two years, considering his youth.
“There are no winners here.”
The sentencing comes following a two-week period of intense, robust action directed at tackling knife violence in the city of Birmingham.
The force lead for knife crime lead Ian Parnell said: “Extra patrols and extensive stop and search powers are currently being utilised in response to recent violent incidents in the city, and officers have and will deal robustly with anyone seeking to inflict harm in our communities.
“In the long-term there is always more work to do and we will continue to build on the ongoing deterrent work, alongside other agencies, charities and the community, which is a crucial part of our long-term plan to tackle violent crime.”
Anyone with any information on knife crime in Birmingham should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Fearless is a site where teenagers and young people can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime. It also provides a safe place to give information about crime – 100 per cent anonymously. Police urge young people to go on there and tell them what you know, not who you are.