Shooter, 17 , stabbed Brendan Wilson at least three times – piercing his abdomen, bowel and pancreas – because he was chucked out of the pub after a row broke out inside. Brendan Wilson pictured in hospital after he was stabbed at the Brooks Arms pub in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on May 8.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court said that if the teenager had been 18, he would have been jailed for at least 12 years. Mr Wilson says the five-year jail term is ‘an insult’. ‘I could’ve died. He should have been sentenced as an adult, so 12 years,’ he said. ‘I’m still traumatised by what happened and I don’t know when or if that will ever go away. It is an insult.’ Judge Mushtaq Khokhar heard that Shooter regularly carried knives for his own protection after seeing his brother stabbed.
In the early hours of May 8 he pulled out a kitchen knife with a 10-inch blade after getting involved in an argument in the pub. Brendan stood outside his pub where he was stabbed.
The court heard that after being told to leave the pub, Shooter confronted Mr Wilson outside and stabbed him. Prosecutor David McGonigal said the victim initially thought he had been punched, but was rushed to hospital with stab injuries. He has been back to the hospital twice after the attack and now has difficulty sleeping, suffering constant flashbacks, he told the court. Mr McGonigal said: ‘He [Mr Wilson] has no idea when he will recover, if he ever will.’ Shooter, who was said to have been drinking and taking cocaine that night, was already on bail at the time of the attack for an attempted robbery committed with his 20-year-old brother Leon last November.
The brothers were both convicted of the attempted robbery offence following a trial at Leeds Crown Court. Injuries suffered by Brendan meant he needed life-saving surgery. Shooter admitted the charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm in relation to the attack on Mr Wilson.
He was sentenced to 64 months by Judge Khokhar with an extended licence period of three years after a report concluded the teenager was dangerous. Shooter received a concurrent sentence of 18 months for the attempted robbery and his brother Leon, who had been on licence living in a Dewsbury hostel, was sentenced to three years in a young offender institution for his role. Judge Khokhar said: ‘It is sheer good fortune on the part of the victim that the injuries which he sustained, serious as they are, weren’t worse