A man filmed wildly waving a knife around in a busy city centre street after leaving a teenager fighting for his life has been jailed for 12 years.
Judah Chilink, of Ryehill Close, The Meadows, was recorded on mobile phone footage lunging at a crowd of people – some heard screaming in terror – as the seriously injured 19-year-old victim lay injured on the ground.
He also injured a 24-year-old man, who needed stitches after the attack.
However, at a previous court hearing, Chilink was found not guilty of wounding three other people – two men aged 24 and 23 and a 20-year-old woman – who also received hospital treatment for knife injuries.
The incident happened in Lower Parliament Street a short time after a fracas inside Pryzm nightclub when Chilink had barged past a woman and knocked her to the floor while she was dancing.
The woman got to her feet and challenged him but he then told her he had a knife and threatened her.
He also told her his name repeatedly and told her to look him up to see who he was and showed her a picture of himself wearing a balaclava and holding a knife.
Chilink then walked away and the woman didn’t see him again until she left the club when there was “chaos”, with Chilink involved in a fight with a number of people outside.
A total of five people suffered knife injuries in a fracas which started on a traffic island outside the club and continued outside the Marmaris takeaway, at 3.49am on Monday 6 May 2019.
Mobile phone footage of part of the attack, which was shared on Snapchat, was shown to the jury at Nottingham Crown Court.
The most badly injured victim, a 19-year-old man, was stabbed in the stomach. During initial surgery at hospital he required 22 pints of blood and he later required emergency surgery following complications and stopped breathing and required resuscitation.Chilink tried to escape in a taxi following the incident but was refused a ride by the taxi driver and then fled on foot. Officers were quickly on the scene and detained him nearby.
Chilink was found guilty of wounding with intent against the most badly injured man, wounding another man and possession of a bladed article following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, on 7 November. However, he was found not guilty of wounding against three other people.
The 20-year-old was sentenced at the same court today (30 June 2020).
He was handed a 12-year extended determinant sentence for the most serious stabbing – meaning he will have to serve at least two thirds of this – as well as a further three-year licence period in which he can be immediately recalled to prison if he commits any further offences.
He was also given a two-year sentence for the wounding and an 18-month sentence for possession of a bladed article, both of which will run concurrently to the main sentence.
Detective Constable James Hirst, who led the investigation, said: “As the footage shows, this was a terrifying incident that resulted in one young man being left fighting for his life. Fortunately he survived but this could have easily cost that young man his life.”I hope today’s sentence sends out a message to people that if they carry knives – and particularly if they use them – they can expect to spend time in prison.
“I’d like to thank the members of public and community paramedics from Pryzm nightclub who provided immediate first aid to the victims.
“Carrying a knife is never acceptable and this incident is a clear example of why we try so hard to prevent knife crime.
“Nottinghamshire Police treats knife crime extremely seriously and has a range of measures from enforcement with the dedicated Knife Crime Team to education through Schools and Early Intervention Officers.
“Knife crime has reduced by more than 13% in Nottinghamshire over the last year but incidents like this show that one incident is one too many and we must continue to work with our partners and the community to stop people carrying knives.”