13-year-old boy jailed for Selly Oak stabbing spree

A 13-year-old boy has been jailed after he admitted stabbing three pupils outside the University of Birmingham School in Selly Oak.

He attacked the teenagers as they headed home from school on 10 December last year.

Police were alerted to the incident on Weoley Park Road by a teacher at the school who dialled 999.

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.

The teenager – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was arrested at an address in Northfield. He had an 18-inch machete and a combat knife stashed down his trousers.

At Birmingham Crown Court, he admitted one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of malicious wounding and today (8 March) he was handed a two-and-a-half year sentence.

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.”

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