Teen jailed for stabbing two 16-year-old boys at the Christmas market in Birmingham city centre

The 17-year-old will spend the rest of his teenage years in jail

A teenager was jailed after admitting to stabbing two boys in an unprovoked attack in Birmingham city centre last year.

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, had a face mask on with his hood up when he approached two 16-year-old boys during the busy Christmas market outside the cinema on New Street on November 17, 2022.

The 17-year-old tried to take the phones from the younger boys but when he was unable to do so, he produced a 15cm-long knife from his waistband. The 16-year-olds tried to defuse the situation, but the 17-year-old attacked both of them, stabbing one in the chest and the other in the back and leg, before running off.

Detectives trawled CCTV of the area and followed up on intelligence, leading to the teenager’s arrest. He was arrested wearing the same Nike jacket and Adidas tracksuit bottoms caught on CCTV.

He was sentenced to four years and two months in jail at Birmingham Crown Court on May 12 after pleading guilty to wounding, attempt robbery and knife possession. He also pled guilty to a separate unrelated robbery.

Detective Constable Guzder Naomi said: “Young people need to know – carrying a knife is serious and can land a lengthy prison term, regardless if someone is harmed.

“The policing resourcing in place to deal with knife crime is not always understood by teenagers and young people. Don’t think you’ll get away with it – when we catch and convict those involved, they will not get away lightly.

“This 17-year-old will now spend the rest of his teenage years behind bars. I am pleased that his sentence reflects the seriousness of his crime and serves to remind others that there are no winners when knives are involved.

“We continue to invest in and work extensively with young people to deter them from carrying weapons.”

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