19-year-old ad­mits bru­tal knife at­tack

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A TEENAGER has ad­mit­ted a bru­tal and fren­zied knife at­tack on a youth left se­ri­ously in­jured with mul­ti­ple stab wounds.

Michael Swans­bor­ough was warned he could face an in­def­i­nite sen­tence af­ter en­ter­ing the plea at Maid­stone Crown Court on Tues­day.

The 19-year-old, of Bridge Street, Wye, and Trevor Moore, 21, of West­ern Gar­dens, Willes­bor­ough, had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted wound­ing vic­tim Lloyd Daw­son Smith with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The pleas were not ac­cepted by the prose­cu­tion and a trial date was set for next month.

But pros­e­cu­tor Cairns Nel­son said Moore’s plea to wound­ing with in­tent could now be ac­cepted. He will en­ter it for­mally on March 31. Moore also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon, an axe, and steal­ing a mo­bile phone, and Swans­bor­ough ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing a knife.

Mr Smith, 18, was left in a criti- cal con­di­tion fol­low­ing the at­tack in an al­ley be­hind a newsagent’s shop in Hythe Road, Ash­ford, on Oc­to­ber 15 last year.

Louis French, for Swans­bor­ough, re­quested a psy­chi­atric re­port. His par­ents, he said, had pre­vi­ously sent him to the Pri­ory Clinic. “There has been a his­tory of prob­lems or tem­per,” Mr French told Judge James O’Ma­hony. “You will be told this was a very se­ri­ous at­tack. It is de­scribed as a bru­tal, fren­zied at­tack.”

Mr Nel­son said the stab­bing was cap­tured on CCTV film which will be shown to the court when sen­tence is passed on May 19.

Re­mand­ing Swans­bor­ough in cus­tody, the judge told him: “You know as well as I do you have pleaded guilty to about the most se­ri­ous mat­ter there can be and you can face an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.