EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS FOR STABBING TEEN IN PENARTH
An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years in detention after stabbing a teenager in Penarth.
Iestyn Raven, of Rhoose, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
He was sentenced to seven years detention in a young offender’s institution yesterday (December 20) at Cardiff Crown Court.
The court heard, Raven assaulted a 17-year-old boy on April 11, 2018, on Wordsworth Avenue, Penarth, with a baseball bat and a knife, while wearing a black balaclava.
The victim suffered a wound to the side of his head, a stab wound to his lower back which resulted in a punctured lung, a shallow stab wound to his upper back and a broken jaw which required surgery.
The victim and the defendant were known to each other.
The victim now 18, in a victim personal statement read in court, said the whole incident was terrifying and he thinks about what happened every day.
He said: “I have had problems sleeping since this attack as I keep thinking about what happened to me and that I could have died.”
He added: “I have to live with what he did to me and I don’t think I’ll ever be the same.”
Detective Constable Matthew Lea, officer in the case, said: “This was a serious assault which could have easily led to the victim losing his life.
“Knife crime is unacceptable. Carrying a knife is a crime, even without using it, and will result in prosecution.
“If someone you know carries a knife, they should be made to think about what they are doing and what the consequences are.
“We would urge anyone who is concerned for someone involved in knife crime, to contact your local police via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. ”