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A man who attacked and injured two fathers with a knife while out with their children has been jailed for eight years.
Following an argument with the two men in Bay Street, Kameron Grant-Smith returned to his car to get a knife.
One of the victims, aged 25, was stabbed multiple times as he lay on top of his child in a bid to protect her from being hurt. The other, aged 32, was slashed on the arm and hand while carrying his son.
The 29-year-old of no fixed address, then fled the scene before being located and arrested in Market Harborough the next day.
On Friday (20 February), at Leicester Crown Court, he was sentenced after pleading guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and one count of possession of a bladed article in a public place at the start of the trial last Monday (13 February).
He was sentenced to eight years for one count of GBH, six years for the second count and eight months for possession of the weapon. The sentences will run concurrently.
Following the attack on Friday 19 August last year, officers were able to quickly identify Grant-Smith as the person responsible after the car he had been driving was found abandoned. It had been hired from a rental company on the morning of the incident.
The two injured men were taken to hospital. The 25-year-old man suffered a fractured skull and serious injuries to one of his arms and is still receiving treatment. The 32-year-old man also suffered a head injury and cuts to one of his arms and hand. The children were not physically hurt.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Katherine Dabrowska, said: “This horrific incident is a clear example of the devastation carrying a knife and deciding to use it can have on all of those involved.
“Grant-Smith’s actions that day left two men injured but also two children traumatised by what they had witnessed.
“I am pleased that justice have now been done and he will spend many years behind bars.”
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