Man jailed for stabbing chip shop owner


A 29-year-old man from Edgbaston has today been sentenced to 14 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of attacking and stabbing a chip shop owner because he had forgotten what the defendant had previously ordered.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how on 6 November 2014, Leon McTaggart entered the Simply Fish shop located on the Hagley Road West, Brandhall, Oldbury and became involved in a verbal altercation with the shop owner.

As the defendant left the shop, he kicked the shop door which caused the glass to break.

The victim followed McTaggart outside to remonstrate with him about the damage he had caused.

Once outside the shop, the defendant began to attack the victim, produced a knife and stabbed him several times to the body before walking away.

The victim was taken to hospital where emergency surgery was carried out on him.

McTaggart was identified as a suspect and he was arrested on 28 November 2014 at his home. Police later recovered a flick-knife which the defendant had hidden in his sock.

He was later charged with and found guilty of wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon.

Martin Lindop, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The motive behind this attack was not robbery, instead it was something very insignificant. Leon McTaggart had been offended that the chip shop owner had failed to recall what he had ordered the last time he had visited the shop and instead asked him what he wanted.

"For this trivial reason, the defendant took offensive and goaded the victim to follow him outside of the shop by damaging the shop door.

"Once outside, in broad daylight, McTaggart produced a knife and attacked the victim, inflicting life threatening injuries to the shop owner.

"Today, McTaggart has been jailed for 14 years for this senseless crime and will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions."