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Carl Johnson jailed for Birmingham double stabbing

An 18-year-old man has been jailed for stabbing a father and son who had tried to help a youth who was being chased.

Martin Thompson, 53, and son Edward, 18, were attacked in West Heath, Birmingham in May.

Carl Johnson, of Ladywood, received an indeterminate sentence for wounding and causing grievous bodily harm. He will serve at least five and half years.

A 15-year-old boy from Northfield was given a supervision order for affray for his part in the attack.

'Dangerous young man'

Mr Thompson was stabbed in his side and Edward spent four days in intensive care after suffering a punctured lung during the attack on Alvechurch Road on 21 May.

Sentencing Johnson at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge William Davis QC said: "I am quite satisfied you are a dangerous young man. I have no idea when it is going to be safe to let you out in public."

He added Johnson would have received a sentence of at least 25 years had either of his victims died.

Prosecutor Michael Riley said Johnson's intended teenage victim had gone to Mr Thompson's house at random, to seek refuge, after the defendant was "very aggressive" towards him in the street.

He said Johnson had shouted to "get out of the garden or I will wet you up", which he understood as a threat to stab him.

'Simple slight'

Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Thompson said he was pleased the judge recognised the seriousness of the offence.

"This shows the public that carrying knives and doing this sort of thing will not be accepted in society today," he said.

"I nearly lost my son who nearly died on the day and I could have easily died and it was all over a simple slight between two young people."

Edward spoke about the incident after his release from hospital, saying he would probably still intervene in a similar situation.

"If anyone knocks on your door and their life is threatened, you're going to have that kind of initiative to go out there and help him," he said.

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