A police investigation which used DNA to link a teenager to a serious stabbing in Nottingham city centre has led to him being locked up for four years.
The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was identified after his DNA was recovered from the knife used to inflict the stab wounds.
Nottinghamshire Police was called to Queen’s Medical Centre when a 20-year-old man arrived at the hospital with stab wounds on Saturday 16 February 2019. He needed surgery to repair wounds to their collar bone, wrist and elbow.
After a short investigation, it was revealed he suffered the injuries in a fight outside a fast food restaurant in Ilkeston Road earlier that day.
Following a review of CCTV images in the area, it was revealed that an argument between a group of people resulted in the 20-year-old man being stabbed.
The 17-year-old boy was spotted on the CCTV and enquiries were made to identify him. The boy in the image was quickly arrested by police in connection with the incident on 17 February, one day after the incident.
Days later, a knife was recovered and a forensic examination began to determine whether police could find any DNA evidence to prove it was the knife used in the attack.
When the 17-year-old boy’s DNA was found on the knife, a further sample was taken to see if there were remnants the victim’s DNA on the knife. The results confirmed that this was the weapon used to stab the 20-year-old man.
On Friday 12 June, the boy was sentenced to four years in custody for causing grievous bodily harm with intent with a one year sentence to run concurrently for possession of a bladed article.
Detective Constable Dionne Love, who led the investigation, said: “This was a violent and gruesome attack that could have had fatal consequences for the victim.
“A lot of work went into this investigation to establish the identity of the boy responsible for this disgusting act.
“I welcome this result and am pleased that justice has been served.”
Chief Inspector Kathryn Craner, Nottinghamshire Police’s force lead for knife crime, added: “Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime incredibly seriously and we will investigate all reports thoroughly.
“We are committed to tackling violent criminals and we will use all powers available to us to ensure that those who commit such offences are brought to justice.
“I’d like to give my thanks to all those who took part in this investigation and am pleased with the result.”