Bradford schoolboy sentenced to 11 years for teacher stabbing

10/08/2015

A 14 year old youth has been sentenced to eleven years at Bradford Crown Court today after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to causing grievous bodily harm with intent. On 11 June 2015, the youth, a pupil at Dixon Kings Academy, Bradford, stabbed his teacher, Vincent Uzomah, in the stomach.

Jonathan Sharp, Principal Crown Advocate, Crown Prosecution Service Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "This was a truly shocking incident: a pre-planned attack by a 14 year old youth on his teacher, in front of the rest of the class.

"Mr Uzomah was stabbed deeply in the stomach, with a knife that the youth had brought into the school specifically for that purpose. It also seems that the attack was, at least in part, racially motivated - the youth used a highly offensive racist word just before stabbing his teacher.

"The victim has suffered serious physical and psychological injuries, has had to put his career plans on hold and is uncertain when, or if, he will feel able to return to teaching a profession he loved.

"It was also profoundly distressing to Mr Uzomah - and shocking - that the youth posted a Facebook update boasting of what he had done. This subsequently received 69 'likes' from the youth's circle of acquaintances.

"In the circumstances it is remarkable that Mr Uzomah has expressed his desire to forgive the defendant whilst wishing to see justice done as a deterrent to others. I hope that the sentence passed today gives Mr Uzomah and his family some comfort. Our thoughts remain with them."