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Teenager locked up for stabbing newsagent and son in Dursley

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 14, 2013

Karthigesu Krishnamoorthy

A TEENAGER who repeatedly stabbed a newsagent and his son has been locked up for four years.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, lashed out at Sri Lankan Karthigesu Krishnamoorthy and his son Suthakar after being ejected from their shop in Dursley.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that 31-year-old Suthakar suffered five knife wounds to the abdomen and arms. His 53-year-old father had a single stab wound to the abdomen.

Both needed hospital treatment and Suthakar has suffered long-term damage, said prosecutor Ian Dixey.

The teenager should not have been in the Kingshill News and Booze shop because he had been banned from the premises for anti-social behaviour, Mr Dixey said,

The boy pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding Mr Krishnamoorthy senior and wounding his son with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on October 27 last year.

Recorder Adrian Palmer QC said: "You could so easily have caused major life-threatening injury. The son has suffered lasting effects to this day.

"Attacks like this on a neighbourhood shop are taken extremely seriously by the courts."

Dermot Clarke, defending, said the boy was no under illusions and realised he faced a lengthy time in custody.

Mr Clarke said the boy was a regular cannabis user but on that night had taken a drug he was not used to, M-Cat, and had little recollection of what happened in the shop.

Mr Clarke said the defendant was "embarassed and ashamed" by what he had done.

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