Three youths who stabbed a 16-year-old boy near St Mary’s parish church, Hailsham, have all been given lengthy custodial sentences.
All three had been convicted at a previous hearing and were sentenced by Judge Richard Hayward at Lewes Crown Court today (Friday, September 11).
Restrictions on identifying two of the trio because they are still juveniles were lifted by Judge Hayward.
All had been charged with wounding and violent disorder after the incident, which took place on March 20.
Oliver Anfield Dennis, 19, of Meadow Road, Hailsham, had pleaded not guilty on both counts but was convicted and sentenced to eight years in custody.
Kieran Patrik Zacharias, 17, of Knoll Crescent, Eastbourne, who admitted the offences was sentenced to seven years.
Charlie Saint, 16, of Wordsworth Drive, Eastbourne, had pleaded guilty to violent disorder but not guilty to wounding. He was convicted and sentenced to five years.
Later, outside court, Inspector Tony Wakefield, of the Wealden Neighbourhood Policing Team, welcomed the sentences.
He said, “Such incidents are extremely rare, which made this attack all the more shocking for the people of Hailsham.
“Knife crime will not be tolerated in Wealden and we welcome the length of the sentences, which gives out a clear message to anyone thinking about using a knife to harm someone else.
“Make no mistake, if you are found even carrying a knife without good reason, you will be dealt with swiftly and with the utmost severity.”
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