Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry man jailed for 30 years for attempted murder

Whitmore Park Road Image copyright Google
Image caption The attack happened on Whitmore Park Road, in Coventry

A man has been jailed for 30 years for a "violent" attack on two members of the public while they were trying to help a young woman.

Gary Jones, 27, was found guilty of attempted murder following the attack on 16 July outside a house on Whitmore Park Road, Coventry.

He admitted two charges of wounding with intent and possession of an article with a blade.

He was jailed following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

The CPS said Jones had consumed a "large amount of alcohol" with friends on the night of the attack.

The court heard the two victims - a man and a woman - were trying to help an "upset" young female when Jones came out of a house carrying a kitchen knife.

'Life-changing injuries'

The CPS said Jones had attacked the pair of "good Samaritans", stabbing the woman in the face and the man several times in his the neck, back and head.

Jones, of Chandos Street, Coventry, was given a 30-year sentence for attempted murder, and 12-year and seven-year sentences for wounding, to run concurrently.

He was given three years, also to run concurrently, for possessing the blade.

Paul Reid, district crown prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack on two members of the public who had tried to help a young female who was distressed.

"The two victims have been left with life-changing injuries."

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