A 14-year-old boy stabbed another child in the chest on a bus full of terrified schoolchildren, a court heard.I was expecting this to be a gang thing, but it seems not:
The 17-year-old victim suffered a punctured lung when he was knifed twice on the 466 bus in Purley on January 14.
Witnesses said an argument broke out on the morning bus after someone threw some paper, and ended with the 14-year-old stabbing the older boy with a kitchen knife.That’s Croyden for you…
His attacker, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, at Croydon Crown Court yesterday.Not attempted murder? What was the CPS thinking?
The boy pleaded not guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, to the confusion of the judge, who pointed out he must have been carrying the knife to commit the stabbing./facepalm
Naturally, it’s not his fault:
The court heard the young attacker had been in care or on the risk register since he was born, and may be suffering from mental health problems.Who can tell? Stabbing strangers over a squabble on a bus is, after all, pretty normal for Croydon.
Defence solicitor Ailimare Arunachalam said the boy had been physically abused by his father in the past, and attempted to argue for a lesser charge to be put.Maybe the judges are getting fed up at last?
But Judge McKinnon said he could not "entertain" such a submission because of the seriousness of the offence.