A Garston teen who stabbed another youth with a Rambo style knife has received a 26-month-prison sentence.
Freddie Gathithi, 19, of Boundary Way, appeared at Luton Crown Court today having previously been found guilty of wounding and possessing a knife. He was found not guilty of wounding with intent.
At around 5pm on Tuesday, April 27 last year, Gathithi had been arguing with his eighteen-year-old victim, who was known to him, outside the Brow shops in Garston, when the other youth grabbed him by the collar when he tried to ride off on an electric scooter.
Gathithi then pulled out the knife, stabbed the other teen, and chased him, before leaving the scene on an electric scooter.
The victim was found on a nearby bench and was taken to St Mary’s hospital in Paddington. He was treated for a wound under his left armpit and a collapsed lung. In a statement, the victim said he was still suffering from difficulties related to the incident.
At the hearing today, defending Garry Green said Gathithi deeply regretted the offence, and that at the time of the attack he had been of good character. #
However, judge Michael Simon said as the teen started the events leading up to the stabbing, and that he had been the aggressor “from the off.”
Detective Constable Lewis Mortimer has said: “This case shows just how blasé Gathithi was about not only carrying a knife, but actually using it to wound the victim during a disagreement.
“Thankfully the victim’s injury was not serious but if the blade had caught a major artery, then this could have very easily been a murder investigation in which the victim’s family would have been mourning his loss.”
A restraining order was also made on Gathithi, banning him from contacting the victim or his brother, as well as from going to the Brow or New House Crescent for five years.