Teenage girl jailed for stabbing friend - Reading

29/01/2016

A teenage girl appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 29 January 2016, and was jailed for six years for stabbing a friend in Reading last June.

Last November, the 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm (GBH) after a five day trial at Reading Crown Court.  She was found not guilty of attempted murder.

On Sunday, 07 June 2015, the victim, a 16-year-old boy, met the girl, who was 15 at the time, in the street in Granville Road, Reading.  The girl was armed with a kitchen knife which she used to stab the victim in the chest.

The boy received a life-threatening injury and was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the stabbing of a 16-year-old boy by a 15-year-old girl in Reading last June.

"Just before midday on Sunday, 07 June 2015, the victim met the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Granville Road as arranged. The girl had gone armed with a kitchen knife concealed in her hoodie and as she approached the boy she produced the knife and stabbed him in the chest. The boy received a life threatening injury to his chest, ran home and called an ambulance, but collapsed on his doorstep before finishing the call. He was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in a critical condition, underwent emergency surgery and was placed in an induced coma. The attack was motivated by a disagreement over another girl, which had escalated over social media namely Facebook and Instagram. This was a completely unjustified, unprovoked, and planned attack.

"The girl, now aged 16, answered no comment during two police interviews. During the trial she denied any wrongdoing and claimed self-defence, but on 27 November 2015, at Reading Crown Court, she was found guilty, by a jury, of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, after a 5-day trial, despite her denials. She was found not guilty of attempted murder.

"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. The CPS takes all allegations of violence 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 conviction and today's sentence will in some way help him to come to terms with the horrifying events with the knowledge that the girl that subjected him to his terrible ordeal has been brought to justice. Our thoughts are very much with him and his family at this time."

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jon Nicholls from Reading Force CID, said: "The victim was lucky to survive this horrific attack and the impact of his ordeal is likely to be long-lasting for him and his family. Both the victim's brother and mother saw the extent of his injuries and I cannot imagine how traumatising that was for them. No one should have to see their loved one in such pain.

"I hope that seeing the offender put behind bars for what she did will help both the victim and his family as they move forward. I am grateful for their support during this investigation and our thoughts are very much with them at this difficult time."