Teenager branded 'monstrously stupid' for carrying knife during street fights in Fratton during which man was stabbed in neck
A ‘MONSTROUSLY stupid’ teenager was warned by a judge after he was caught with a knife following running street fights in Fratton where a man was stabbed in the neck.
Michael Crabbe and Luc England, both 19, were told to curb their ways after being caught-up in battles that left a 27-year-old man seriously injured after the incident on September 10, 2018.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard how both men were arrested in Winchester Road following the stabbing between Newcome Road and Walmer Road. The defendants were not behind the stabbing.
Crabbe, of Munster Road, Portsmouth, was found with a bladed article on him by police while England, of Woodpecker Way in the city, offered a police officer a cannabis joint when arrested.
The duo were warned by recorder Mr Robert Bright QC that taking a knife to a fight can end in tragedy.
He said: ‘You were both arrested over fights in the street that ended up with a man having a major blood vessel in his neck cut.
‘He brought a knife for his own protection and nearly got killed. I hope you both reflect on this.
‘If he had not been carrying a knife then the worst that could have happened was a beating. But instead he was lucky to be alive.
‘Knives are not protection, they make a bad situation worse.’
Mr Bright then told Crabbe: ‘I accept you are not someone who usually would carry a knife but it is a monstrously stupid thing to do especially if you think you are going to get into a fight.
‘If a knife comes out during a fight then it is a lottery what happens.’
Crabbe admitted being in possession of a bladed article after a lock knife was found in his pocket by police.
England admitted being in possession of a class B drug. He was given an absolute conditional discharge.
Crabbe was given three months jail suspended for 12 months, told to complete 100 hours unpaid work and given a three month curfew between 7pm and 7am.