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Kingsley Cairns jailed: Police give their reaction to stabbing sentence

Posted on - 5th May, 2016 - 9:18pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lea, Preston News
Kingsley Cairns

Kingsley Cairns

Police have given their reaction after a teenager was jailed for stabbing a man in a Preston alleyway.

Kingsley Cairns, 17, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court following the incident in Lowthian Street in December last year.

An 18-year-old man was found with a stab wound to his stomach near the Black Horse pub and needed a month in hospital to recover from the injuries, caused by Cairns.

The 17-year-old, of Sheffield Drive, Lea, is to face six and a half years in a young offenders institution.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Richard McCutcheon said: “This was a particularly nasty and vicious attack which left a young man with life-threatening injuries.

“Cairns targeted the victim and goaded him into a fight which left the 18-year-old fighting for his life.

“It was only due to the help provided at the scene by members of the public and paramedics, and later surgeons at Royal Preston Hospital, that this man survived. He continues to require medical treatment following the attack.

“Cairns had no reason to be in possession of a knife and even less reason to use it and the sentence reflects the serious consequences of carrying and using a knife.

“We welcome the decision by the court and hope it serves as a warning to others.”

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 12 month supervision and youth rehabilitation order by Preston Youth Court for his part in the attack.

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