A knife attacker has been locked up for 17-and-a-half years for his part in the vicious stabbing of a man who was left with life-changing injuries.
The victim, aged in his 20s, was blinded in one eye after he was stabbed in his face and also suffered a collapsed lung after he was stabbed multiple times in his back.
The horrific attack happened inside a shop in Alfreton Road, Radford, at around 10pm on 19 November 2020.
The victim left a party to go to the store to buy items when he was attacked from behind.
One of the offenders, 25-year-old Brandon Brailsford, of Homefield Road, Radford, was jailed for 17-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to wounding with intent.
Tyrese Baker, 22, of Aston Drive, Bulwell, and Isaiah Llewellyn, 23, of Leopold Street, Derby, were locked up for 20 and 25 months respectively after admitting to charges of assisting an offender.
A fourth man, Montel Rawlins, 23, of Rees Gardens, Top Valley, has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and is due to be sentenced on 12 November.
Brailsford, Baker and Llewellyn were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (29 October 2021).
Detective Sergeant Rob Wells said: “The devastating and long-lasting impact of incidents involving knives and the harm they cause cannot be overstated.
“In this instance a victim has lost his sight in one eye and the blows he sustained could so easily have proved fatal.
“Nottinghamshire Police continues to treats knife crime extremely seriously and will leave no stone unturned to bring those responsible for serious acts of violence to justice as well as removing dangerous knives from our streets.
“We understand people will be concerned about these sort of serious occurrences but I’d like to reassure the public the force is working every day to target people who carry weapons on our streets and to work proactively with groups to prevent offences from happening in the first place.
“We act swiftly and professionally to deal with reports of knife incidents and increase our neighbourhood patrols in affected areas to provide a reassuring presence and show people we are there for them while thoroughly investigating crimes of this nature.
“I hope these sentences, particularly the lengthy prison term given to Brailsford, sends out a strong message that if you get involved in knife crime and violence you will be caught and we will work tirelessly to ensure you are brought before the court to face justice.”
Nottinghamshire Police is committed to preventing knife crime all year round by working closely with partner agencies, including Nottinghamshire’s Violence Reduction Unit, as well as engaging with communities.
The force’s two dedicated knife crime teams are working tirelessly day in and day out to combat this issue and its schools and early intervention officers continue to positively engage with schools and young people across the county to help nip knife crime in the bud by delivering education and interventions, steering them away from crime and encouraging them to make positive life choices.