Man jailed for 14 years for stabbing on Soho Road

|News, Violent crime

A 54-year-old man, who stabbed his victim in the neck as he sat on a bench in Handsworth, has today been jailed for 14 years at Birmingham Crown Court after being found guilty of wounding with intent.

On 6 July 2017 the victim was seated on a  bench in Soho Road when David Williams approached and sought to engage him in conversation. The defendant was previously unknown to the victim.

The defendant walked away but returned a short time later and stabbed the victim in the neck before running off.

Emergency services were called and the victim was taken to the Queen Elizabeth hospital where he underwent an emergency surgery.

On 19 July 2017, Williams was identified as the man who carried out the attack and was arrested. Today he has been found guilty of wounding with intent.

Heath Westerman, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This was an unprovoked and motiveless attack on a defenceless man in the middle of a busy shopping district in the city.

“David Williams denied being the aggressor, however, through CCTV and recognition evidence, the prosecution team were able to demonstrate that he was in fact the man behind this senseless attack.”

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