Stabbed teacher 'forgives' student attacker

10th August 2015 at 13:07
picture of Victor Uzomah

A teacher who was stabbed by a pupil earlier this year in a racially motivated attack in Bradford says he has forgiven his 14-year-old attacker.

In the wake of the assault on Vincent Uzomah at Dixons Kings Academy, the boy bragged on Facebook: "I stick the blade straight in his tummy."'

After a judge ordered the boy to be locked up for up to six years, Mr Uzomah, speaking outside court, said: "As a Christian I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain on me and my family."

The boy used an offensive racist term before stabbing Mr Uzomah in the stomach, Bradford Crown Court heard.

About 20 minutes after the attack, he posted a message which read: ''The motherf***** getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy.''

The Facebook post received at least 69 ''likes'', the court was told.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC branded the youth a "dangerous young offender". He sentenced him to an 11-year extended sentence which includes six years' detention and a further five years on licence. The boy could serve half the six-year custodial sentence.

The judge added: "What you have done is utterly shocking, deliberately, callously stabbing [Mr Uzomah]."

He rejected an application for the youth's identity to be made public, saying that the 14-year-old's "welfare must come first and the public interest must give way".


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