Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a 17-year-old boy from Oxford has been sentenced in connection with a stabbing that occurred in Oxford in June.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to one count of Section 20 grievous bodily harm without intent in a hearing at Oxford Youth Court on 19 August.
Returning to the same court yesterday (15/9), the boy was subsequently sentenced to a one year training and detention order in a young offenders’ institution.
He was also given a five-year restraining order not to contact the victim or visit any address he knows or believes the victim to be living at.
On the afternoon of 14 June this year, officers were alerted to reports of a stabbing after South Central Ambulance Service located a boy, who was 14-years-old at the time near Coltsfoot Square, Oxford.
It was subsequently ascertained that the victim had been stabbed in nearby Samphire Road.
The boy who was convicted today was arrested and charged on the same day.
Investigating officer Detective Inspector James Mather of Oxford CID said: “This was a violent incident that resulted in a 14-year-old boy suffering stab wounds.
“Thankfully, due to the expertise of medical professionals, the boy survived his injuries and is recovering.
“The boy responsible for this stabbing has now been convicted and sentenced accordingly.
“This incident, quite naturally, caused great concern in the local community, but our officers responded quickly to bring the perpetrator into custody.
“Knife carrying will not be tolerated and such offenders will be robustly targeted, arrested, and put before the courts.
“The impact of carrying a knife can be enormous, both on the victim, but also on the perpetrator, who themselves are also at great risk by carrying a weapon.
“We ask for our local communities to help Thames Valley Police in the tackling of knife-enabled crime.
“If you have any information about anybody that you know habitually carries a knife, you can report this to the force, either online or by calling 101. Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”