Teenager found guilty of manslaughter jailed for eight years
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A 16-year-old boy has been jailed for eight years and four months after being found guilty of the manslaughter of a man who he stabbed to death in Derby city centre.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was seen by officers to stab 22-year-old Josh Carter, as well as another teenager, in August 2021.
Derby Crown Court heard how officers on patrol in Derby city centre came across a number of people fighting in Cheapside at 4.26am on Saturday 14 August 2021.
As they began to try and disperse those fighting one of the officers saw the teenager stab Josh Carter in the neck. The knife had hit Mr Carter’s artery and as he collapsed the officer rushed to perform first aid.
Mr Carter was left fighting for his life as the teenager ran from the scene towards The Strand pursued by officers who had seen him with a knife in his hand.
The teen then ran from officers, but as he did, he grabbed another teenager and stabbed him in the back – who then collapsed to the floor.
The chase continued along The Strand and onto the Wardwick where he was Tasered by an officer and was eventually arrested.
When he was searched a black lock knife was found in his underwear.
Mr Carter was taken to the Queens Medical Centre but died two days after the incident. The other victim suffered life-changing injuries after being stabbed to the back.
The teenager denied all three charges of murder, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife.
However, after a two-week trial, he was found guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter, section 20 grievous bodily harm and possession of a knife.
Today (10 March) the teenager was sentenced to eight years and four months at Derby Crown Court.
Detective Chief Inspector Sally Blaiklock, who led the investigation into the incident, said: “I first want to extend my own, as well as the force’s, condolences to Josh’s family and friends.
“Their composure throughout this most devastating of events, and support for the investigation and court process, has been notable.
“The incident also had a profound effect on the other victim who was stabbed and our thoughts are with him as well.
“While no sentence can reverse the actions of that day, I hope it brings some closure for all those affected.
“Officers see on an all too regular basis the horrific implications of carrying a knife and I hope this case, and the horror it has brought to those involved, serves as an object lesson in why anyone carrying a knife is taking a very real risk every time they leave the house.”