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Friday, 29 September 2023 06:39

UK: Teen sentenced for teacher stabbing

A judge in western England on Thursday sentenced a teenager who stabbed a teacher in a school corridor to 14 months in youth detention, amid concern about rising knife crime in the UK.

The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be identified because he is aged under 18, had previously admitted attempting to unlawfully and maliciously wound the maths teacher at Tewkesbury Academy in Gloucestershire.

He had also earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a bladed article.

His sentence follows a fatal knife attack on a 15-year-old girl in south London on Wednesday.

Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how the boy in Tewkesbury covered his face and put on a hooded top after bringing a kitchen knife with a six-inch (15-centimetre) blade to school from his home.

Minutes before the attack he dialled emergency services to inform them a teacher at the school would be stabbed.

Imposing a 14-month detention and training order, District Judge Lynne Matthews told the defendant he had acted in a premeditated manner.

“Nothing strikes me about it that was impulsive,” she said.

Matthews ordered he serve half the sentence in custody, with the remainder at home working with the area’s youth offending team.


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