Dorset

Poole stabbing: Pair jailed for attempted murder

Kieran Cameron and Michael O'Rourke Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Kieran Cameron (left) and Michael O'Rourke

Two men have been jailed for attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the neck and stomach in Poole.

The victim, in his 20s, suffered 10 stab wounds in the attack at Parkstone Heights on 28 February.

Police said Michael O'Rourke, 38, and Kieran Cameron, 34, had attempted to lay the blame of the killing at the door of a rival gang.

Following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, O'Rourke was jailed for 25 years and Cameron for 23 years.

Rival gang threat

Dorset Police said O'Rourke was seen on CCTV buying a double-bladed knife from a shop on 22 February, which has never been recovered.

The force said the pair had been immersed in serious and organised crime and had been under threat from a rival gang who they hoped would be blamed for the killing.

Det Sgt Jamie Halford said: "This was a pre-planned assault by O'Rourke and Cameron that could have so easily led to the death of a young man.

"I would like to pay tribute to the quick thinking of members of the public who came to the victim's aid and the excellent medical staff at Poole Hospital who treated him."

O'Rourke and Cameron, both of no fixed address, were sentenced on Thursday following a 19-day trial.

Police said the victim underwent surgery for his injuries and had since recovered.

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