A teenager has been given a suspended sentence for stabbing another youth two years ago in Almondbury.
Leeds Crown Court heard Roden Bedford was only 17 when he went to a mini market in Southfield Road with his uncle David Lockwood on March 8, 2014.
While they were there his uncle became involved in a verbal confrontation with a 15-year-old youth and they began to fight.
Mathew Bean prosecuting told the court at one point they ended up on the floor. Bedford admitted he picked up a knife and stabbed the youth more than once in the back enabling his uncle to get away.
The 15-year-old was taken to hospital where in addition to the wounds on his back which required stitches he was found to have a serious stab wound to his chest which Bedford did not accept he caused.
He was in hospital until March 13. When Bedford was arrested he told police he was defending his uncle.
Matthew Donkin representing Bedford said the actions were totally out of character for him. He had no previous convictions and had not been in trouble since the incident.
Although the 15-year-old was much younger he had a record including offences against the person. He said Bedford accepted his uncle also had a history of knife crime and violence.
Bedford, now 19 of Station Road, Fenay Bridge, admitted unlawful wounding and was given a 10-month prison sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work and a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Judge Penelope Belcher told him had he been an adult at the time of the offence he would have been jailed immediately for such an offence involving the use of a knife but she was prepared as guidelines suggested to give him the opportunity to learn from his mistakes.
Since he was of previous good character, had not started the trouble and it was accepted he had not caused the serious injury involved she could suspend the sentence.
“You should be in no doubt at all any further offending, in particular knife crime and you won’t get a further chance.”