Teenage boy jailed for attempted murder - Windsor

01/02/2016

A teenage boy appeared at Reading Crown Court on Friday, 29 January 2016, and was jailed for 14 years for stabbing a man in Windsor last June.

Jared Paris-Matic, aged 17, from Slough, was found guilty by a majority verdict of attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) following an eight day trial which concluded at Reading Crown Court on 09 December last year. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

A second teenager, also aged 17, formerly from Windsor, who was aged 16 at the time of the incident, was also sentenced on Friday to a Youth Rehabilitation Order for 12 months after being found guilty after the same trial of ABH in connection with the incident.

At around 3.45pm on Thursday, 11 June 2015, the police and ambulance service received several calls reporting a stabbing in Bell View, Windsor, Berkshire, close to the junction with Clewer Hill Road.

Officers attended and found a large gathering of people around an injured man who was lying on the floor. He had been stabbed with a knife.  The 21-year-old victim was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where his injuries were described as life threatening.  He suffered a punctured lung, a large laceration to his chest, a puncture wound to his abdomen and a puncture wound to his hip.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the stabbing of a 21-year-old man by 17-year-old Jared Paris-Matic in Windsor last June.

"At about 3.45pm on Thursday, 11 June 2015, the victim was in his car and was flagged down by Paris-Matic in Bell View close to the junction with Clewer Hill Road. As Paris-Matic approached the victim, who is the brother of his (the boy's) ex-girlfriend, he attacked him, and the victim desperately tried to defend himself. During the attack, the victim received multiple life threatening stab wounds to his chest and abdomen, including a punctured lung, and was airlifted to the Southampton General Hospital in a critical condition where he underwent emergency surgery. A friend of the victim tried to intervene during the incident and was also assaulted by Paris-Matic and his 16-year-old friend.

"The attack was motivated by a grudge against the victim and his family. This was a completely unjustified, unprovoked, and planned act of violence.

"Prior to the trial, Paris-Matic pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH) and perverting the course of justice. However, his plea to wounding with intent was not accepted by the prosecution team and the trial for attempted murder proceeded. On 09 December 2015, at Reading Crown Court, he was found guilty, by a jury, of attempted murder and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH), after an 8-day trial, despite his denials. The 16-year-old boy, now aged 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claimed self-defence during the trial, but was found guilty by the same jury of ABH in relation to the same incident.

"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.

"Shockingly, this incident occurred outside an infant school at a time when parents were collecting their children. They were utterly unprepared for what they witnessed. The consequences of this incident could have been even more serious than they actually were, and highlight the dangers of carrying knives. The CPS takes all allegations of violence and knife crime extremely seriously and will continue to vigorously prosecute all such offenders.

"Understandably, the events on that day have had a significant impact on the victim both physically and psychologically. I hope that the convictions and sentences will in some way help him to come to terms with the horrifying events with the knowledge that the boy that subjected him to his terrible ordeal has been brought to justice. Our thoughts are very much with him at this time."

Senior investigating officer, Detective Constable Christian Parker of Berkshire East Force CID based at Maidenhead police station , said: "I am hoping that the sentence handed down by the Judge to Jared Paris-Matic acts as a stark reminder that carrying knives in a public place is not tolerated and that appropriate action will be taken against those who think it is.

"I am very grateful and would like to thank the witnesses in this incident who have played a key role not only by providing evidence at court but also providing life saving treatment to the victim at the scene."