Two teenagers were today jailed for stabbing a complete stranger in Coventry city centre who was left with his intestines hanging out.
Charley Taylor and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were both branded as “dangerous” by a judge as he sentenced them for the horrific attack with a Rambo knife in February.
The younger defendant was found guilty of attempted murder following a trial at Warwick Crown Court, while Taylor, 19, of Ennerdale, Rugby, was cleared of attempted murder, but instead found guilty of wounding with intent.
The 17-year-old, who the judge said had “no remorse”, was handed a 12-year extended sentence for trying to kill Gurpreet Purewal in a robbery that quickly turned into “gratuitous” violence in New Union Street on February 25.
He will only begin to serve that sentence once he has finished a five-year term for shooting another man two days after the stabbing.
For that offence he had previously admitted charges of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and wounding with intent to cause serious harm.
Once he has served the five years, his consecutive 12-year sentence will begin and he will serve at least two-thirds of that period, and will only be released when the Parole Board consider it safe to do so.
Once he is released he will be on licence for the rest of the prison term plus a further three years.
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Taylor was also deemed to be a dangerous offender and handed an extended prison sentence. He was jailed for six years and will serve at least two-thirds of that period before being considered for release.
Once he is released he will also be on licence for the rest of the prison term plus a further two years.
The two teenagers left Gurpreet Purewal fighting for his life after stabbing him five times resulting in his intestines being left hanging out.
He managed to make his way to a nearby takeaway, where a member of staff went outside to phone for an ambulance.
At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Paul Cooke told Taylor: “Gurpreet Purewal was walking from a local convenience store back to his accommodation in Coventry city centre in the relatively early evening.
“He was minding his own business and had the great misfortune to turn the corner to find himself in a road where you and [co-defendant] were looking for a victim.
“What began as a robbery turned within seconds into a gratuitous stabbing by [the 17-year-old].
“The jury found that you knew he had the knife and engaged in conduct that assisted or encouraged him to use it.”
Explaining why he ruled Taylor to be dangerous, the judge spoke of Taylor’s criminal history which included three public order offences, assaults on eight occasions and carrying weapons twice.
Sentencing the younger defendant, Judge Cooke told him: “The victim had no time to do much more than show resistance to his bag going, before you started stabbing him.
“The jury ruled your intention was to kill Gurpreet Purewal. You left him with serious injuries and scarred mentally.”
He also described the 17-year-old as a “habitual knife carrier” due to his involvement in gang culture from his mid-teens.
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