UK: Judge slams cannabis smoking thug’s explanation after he stabbed teen in the bum in Solihull park

A thug has been jailed after he stabbed a teenager during a scuffle in a Solihull park. Layton Byrne knifed the 17-year-old in the thigh and rear end at Elmdon Park.

He then shouted ‘I f***ing stabbed him, pass me your jacket’ prompting pal Patrick Cleary to swap tops in a bid to avoid detection. The victim tried to run away but collapsed and saw blood coming out from his trouser bottoms.

He was taken to hospital and doctors were forced to operate to stop the bleeding. Byrne has now been jailed after a judge poured scorn on his claim that he picked up the knife at the scene, as well as the fact he smoked cannabis to deal with mental health problems.

The 26-year-old of Pailton Road, Shirley, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to two years and three months at Birmingham Crown Court on March 23. Cleary, aged 23, of Overgeen Drive, Kingshurst, confessed to assisting an offender but received a nine-month sentence suspended for 18 months.

The attack occurred around 9pm in May 2020. Prosecutor Suzanne Francis said: “The complainant had gone to Elmdon Park and noticed a group of youths sat nearby. One approached and asked for a conversation.

“They stepped away and walked around the corner. Straight away Layton Byrne punched him in the face. He grabbed his clothes and they began scrapping. Somehow Mr Byrne grabbed his top and body warmer and pulled it over his head.

“The complainant flung his arms around and put Mr Byrne in a headlock. He felt a pain to his buttocks area and felt he had been stabbed. He tried to run away but after a few paces he fell to the floor and saw blood coming out of his trouser bottom. His friends tried to help him and police were called.”


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