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Man stabbed in Nottingham after confronting group who ‘shone a laser at him’

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for seven years after admitting his involvement in the stabbing of a reveller.

Conner Williams was among a group of at least three people who shone a laser at the reveller from a car park as he walked home following a night out.

When the reveller and his brother confronted the group, a fight broke out that led to the reveller being stabbed three times and going into cardiac arrest.

A few seconds later, the brother flagged down a police car and the emergency first aid administered by officers helped save his life.

An ambulance rushed him to Queen’s Medical Centre where he underwent emergency surgery. Thankfully, he went on to make a full recovery.

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The incident happened in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, shortly before 3.30am on 2 June 2019.

Following a detailed investigation that included extensive CCTV trawls, forensic analysis and the gathering of witness statements, Williams – who was aged 18 at the time of the incident – was charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article.

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He initially denied being involved but changed his pleas to guilty earlier this year. He also pleaded guilty to a second count of possession of a bladed article in relation to a separate incident on 24 November 2020.

Charges against a second defendant in relation to the Goldsmith Street incident were dropped, while a third suspect passed away in 2020.

Williams, of no fixed address, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (21 October 2022) and was jailed for seven years.

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Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Ben Grayson, who led the investigation, said: “Williams is exceptionally fortunate not to have been facing a murder charge in relation to this case. The victim suffered significant blood loss at the scene and he could quite possibly have lost his life had it not been for the professionalism of all first responders involved.

“Williams may not have set out to hurt anyone that night. However, simply by carrying a knife and then getting into an argument he put himself in a position where he could have destroyed many lives, including his own. This is why we work tireless with our partners to educate people about the risks and dangers of carrying a knife.

“I hope that today’s sentencing shows that there are very real consequences for those who engage in knife crime – you will be caught and you will be brought to justice.”

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