Saturday 21 April 2018

Boy (14) gets six years' custody for stabbing black teacher in classroom

Vincent Uzomah
Vincent Uzomah

Martin Evans in Bradford

A 14-year old boy who stabbed his teacher in a racially motivated attack has been given an 11-year sentence.

Science teacher Vincent Uzomah was stabbed by a 14-year-old who cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The teenager admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Vincent Uzomah at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford, Yorkshire.

The boy, who had denied attempted murder, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court yesterday after his plea had been accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Sentencing him, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, branded the youth a "dangerous young offender".

He gave the boy an 11-year extended sentence which includes six years in custody and a further five years on licence.

However, he may serve only half of the six years, meaning he could be free in three years.

The judge told him: "What you have done is utterly shocking - deliberately, callously stabbing him."

The culprit was arrested after Vincent Uzomah (50) had been stabbed in the stomach on June 11 with a kitchen knife that the boy had brought in from home.

The teenager attacked Mr Uzomah in front of a number of other students at the start of a science class.

It is understood that the attack happened following a disagreement over a mobile phone.

After the incident, the teenager ran off and was arrested by police in Bradford city centre following a six-hour search.

The court heard how the boy racially abused Mr Uzomah, who had only been at the school for seven weeks.

He then fled the school, before boasting about what he had done on Facebook, posting: "I stick a blade straight in his tummy."

That post received no less than 69 'likes', a fact which the judge said was "an appalling reflection of a small microcosm of our society".

The judge described the boy as being "out of control" and a "bully" who could not tolerate being told what to do.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said the victim, Mr Uzomah, suffered "a shocking and very serious attack doing a job he loved and he was lucky that the consequences were not more serious". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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