Two people accused of serious assault in Market Harborough sentenced
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Two people who attacked a 23-year-old man in Market Harborough in June 2021 have been jailed after pleading guilty at Leicester Crown Court in August.
Tyler Groom, 21, formerly of Harrowden Lane, Finedon, along with 18-year-old Anthony Turigel, of no fixed address, were due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to Section 20 Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH).
On Wednesday 13 December at Northampton Crown Court, Groom was sentenced to a total of five years in prison while Turigel was given five months detention in a young offender institution.
The court heard how an argument the previous day led Groom and a group of youths to confront the victim in the Britannia Walk area of Market Harborough during the evening of Saturday 12 June, 2021.
Groom and Turigel stabbed the victim in the leg and chest before running away.
The victim managed to get to some nearby shops where he collapsed and was found by an off-duty police officer.
He was airlifted to hospital and treated for superficial injuries.
Following extensive enquiries, including speaking to eye witnesses and carrying out a trawl of CCTV from the area, officers were able to arrest the two suspects the following day.
They were both charged with Section 18 GBH last year after being released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detective Constable Alex Horwood was the investigating officer. He said: “This was a distressing incident not only for the victim but for those who witnessed it and the aftermath.
“While this should not have happened at all, it was fortunate the victim did not sustain more serious injuries from the incident. This has been an extremely difficult time for him and we are pleased the defendants have been convicted.
“Quite understandably the incident caused a great deal of concern amongst the local community too and we hope yesterday’s outcome helps in providing some reassurance.
“Dealing with knife crime is a major priority for the force and the Lives not Knives campaign, which has been running for many years, aims to educate young people of the dangers and consequences of carrying knives.