Teenager stabbed man in row over cig­a­rette

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­DREW BARDSLEY

A TEENAGER stabbed a man in broad day­light out­side a city cen­tre cafe af­ter a row over a cig­a­rette, a court heard.

Ja­cel Fin­layson, 18, has been jailed for six years and de­clared ‘dan­ger­ous’ fol­low­ing the un­pro­voked at­tack out­side Pret a Manger in Cross Street last sum­mer.

A judge said Fin­layson had a ‘wor­ry­ing’ record of crim­i­nal of­fences.

He had been found in pos­ses­sion of knives on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, had at­tacked a take­away worker and been banned from Tesco in Old Trafford.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that the vic­tim, a 33-year-old man, was drink­ing cof­fee and smok­ing a cig­a­rette while sat in an out­door area of the cafe in the city cen­tre at about 5pm on Au­gust 16.

The man had his cig­a­rettes on the ta­ble, and Fin­layson walked over and took one with­out per­mis­sion, pros­e­cu­tor Juilet Berry said.

Fin­layson walked away, and the man went to ask him what he was do­ing. He snatched the cig­a­rette back out of Fin­layson’s hand, and sat down.

The next thing he knew, he felt three ‘pinches’ to his back, and then felt blood run­ning down his neck.

He had been stabbed three times by Fin­layson, who he saw run­ning off with a large knife.

The vic­tim was dis­charged af­ter spend­ing two nights in hospi­tal, but was brought back in for an­other two nights af­ter his wounds be­came in­fected.

In a state­ment, he de­scribed suf­fer­ing night­mares and said he was too scared to leave the house.

Fin­layson was iden­ti­fied by CCTV and ar­rested days later.

He has nine con­vic­tions for 18 pre­vi­ous of­fences, in­clud­ing rob­bery and pos­ses­sion of a sa­mu­rai sword.

He was con­victed of com­mon as­sault af­ter an in­ci­dent in a Domi­nos pizza take­away, as­sault­ing a worker af­ter he was chal­lenged when tak­ing a drink from a fridge.

An­other of his vic­tims suf­fered a bro­ken an­kle af­ter Fin­layson tried to rob her of her phone and hand­bag.

She clung on to her be­long­ings but fell, later need­ing surgery.

He had been banned from Tesco in Old Trafford, and when told to leave he spat at one se­cu­rity of­fi­cer and punched an­other.

De­fend­ing, Daniel Lis­ter said Fin­layson ‘will have done a lot of grow­ing up’ by the time he is re­leased.

He said Fin­layson’s fam­ily have stuck by him de­spite his ‘ap­palling be­hav­iour.’

Fin­layson, of Up­per Chorl­ton Road, Old Trafford, pleaded guilty to one count of wound­ing with in­tent, and one count of pos­sess­ing a bladed ar­ti­cle.

He will serve two-thirds of a six year sen­tence in a young of­fend­ers’ in­sti­tu­tion, and a fur­ther year and eight months on li­cence.

Ja­cel Fin­layson

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