A teenager has been jailed for fatally stabbing a 16-year-old boy. Dylan Holliday was knifed 13 times in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, in August 2021.
Jamal Waddell, 17, was convicted of manslaughter...
...in August and was sentenced to 12 years in prison with four on licence at Coventry Crown Court on Wednesday.
Waddell, who can be named after the judge lifted an anonymity order, was also convicted of grievous bodily harm against Dylan's friend and of possession of a knife. He was handed 18 months for each offence, which will run concurrently to the manslaughter sentence.
Why the hell not consecutively? What's the point? This is as pointless as charging Couzens with indecent exposure when he's already doing bird for murder...
Can it get any worse?
Reader, hold that thought:
The court heard the defendant, originally from Wellingborough and who turns 18 next month, had carried knives regularly from the age of 12.
It heard on the day of the attack, social workers had dropped him off in the town and were unaware he was armed.
Waddell claimed Dylan was "swinging" an arm that was in a cast and that he struck out at the 16-year-old to "keep him away from me".
That might have worked for one knife wound. It's not going to fly with thirteen...
Det Sup Joe Banfield, from Northamptonshire Police, said: "Sadly, this case once again demonstrates the danger of knives and Northamptonshire Police will continue to work relentlessly to remove these deadly weapons from our streets."
And the courts and social workers will work equally relentlessly to send them back to the streets.
Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership said Dylan's killing would be subject to a child safeguarding practice review.
Ah. A whitewash in which everyone involved is absolved of responsibility, you mean?
H/T: IanJ via email