Man jailed for 25 years for knife attack on two good Samaritans

07/04/2017

A man has today been jailed for 25 years imprisonment, with a five year licence extension, at Warwick Crown Court after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of a good Samaritan.

On 16 July 2016, Gary Jones, aged 27, was drinking with friends in a house on Whitmore Park Road, Coventry. During the course of the evening, the defendant had consumed a large amount of alcohol.

Two of the occupants in the house had an argument and one of them left in a distressed state.

The two victims whilst walking home following a night out saw an upset young female on the road wearing her pyjamas and they went to comfort her. They escorted her back to the house and knocked on the front door. The door was opened by the young female’s mother and there was an argument. The defendant ran out of the property carrying a large kitchen knife.   

The female victim tried to calm the defendant down and tried to get the knife but the defendant lashed out and stabbed her to the face. When her male friend has gone to her aid he was stabbed a number of times by the defendant to the neck, back and head.

On hearing the victims’ screams, neighbours called the emergency services and the victims were taken to hospital.

The defendant fled the scene of the attack, but later handed himself into the police and later pleaded guilty to offences of wounding with intent, having an article with a blade but pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. Following a trial, he was found guilty of the attempted murder of the male victim.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack on two members of the public who tried to help a young female who was distressed. The two victims have been left with life-changing injuries.

"He will now have to deal with the consequences of his cruel actions."