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59-year-old man stabbed and beaten by teenagers

|News, Violent crime , Youth crime

Kieran Clarke, 18, has been sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court. Clarke was sentenced to three years' detention in a Young Offender Institution for stabbing a 59-year-old man.

His accomplice, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to battery and criminal damage at Southampton Youth Court in June 2020. He was sentenced to a 12-month referral order, and must pay £50 compensation to the victim.

Clarke and his accomplice were aged 17 and 15 when the attack took place in May 2019. The two teenagers were arguing in the middle of a residential street in Bishops Waltham late at night, when the victim became concerned for his neighbours’ safety and approached the defendants.

The victim was knocked to the ground where he was kicked and punched and stabbed to the chest. The unprovoked attack only ended when another neighbour was able to intervene.

Lisa Garcia, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said “This was a truly nasty attack on a man who was concerned about the aggressive nature of the defendants’ behaviour in the street, and then found himself to be the target of a brutal assault.

“We worked closely with our Hampshire Constabulary colleagues to build a robust case against the defendants, making sure that we had all of the forensic and medical evidence necessary to satisfy the jury that Clarke was guilty of stabbing the victim.”

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