Paul Hughes sentenced to 15 years for attempted murder of childhood friend

15/06/2011

Paul Hughes who stabbed his childhood friend was today sentenced to 15 years at Worcester Crown Court for attempted murder and having an offensive weapon in a public place.

On 6th October, 2010, Mr Hughes confronted the victim at his home address and stabbed him in the stomach and again in the street after he had fled his house, which resulted in damage to the liver, a deep wound to his lower face/neck, a wound to his chest and wounds to his hands requiring a significant stay at hospital.

Suzanne Llewellyn, District Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "Adam White was the victim of a ferocious knife attack by Paul Hughes, a man who had been a childhood friend. It was only down to the actions of brave neighbours who saved him from further life threatening injuries.

 "There had been a previous verbal exchange that night in a public house. Mr Hughes would later enter the victim's house uninvited and launch a horrific knife attack upon him.

 "Fortunately, and it cannot be understated, extremely good and brave neighbours hearing the disturbance assisted in restraining the defendant and taking the knife from him. The defendant made comments in the presence of these neighbours and the police officers suggesting that he regretted that he had not killed Adam White.

 "I hope this sentence would act as a deterrent to anyone who considered having a knife in a public place. I would also like to thank all the witnesses who came forward and supported this prosecution."