By Carl Jackson Monday 07 January 2013 Updated: 07/01 14:52
A REDNAL man has been jailed for seven years after stabbing a man five times, during an incident in which a 19-year-old was left fighting for his life.
Gurjyot Singh, 17, from Rednal, was given the term on Friday (Janauary 4) after inflicting the elbow, chest and body wounds on the victim, who was from Surrey.
Another 15-year-old boy from Rednal - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was handed a two year rehabilitation order, two-year supervision order and a six-month home curfew, meaning he cannot leave his home between 7pm and 9am.
Last Thursday (January 3) a 14-year-old boy from Rubery - who also cannot be named - was given a two year rehabilitation order.
Luke Timby, 15, from Winson Green, was also jailed over the incident and a 17-year-old Bournville girl is due to be sentenced in the coming weeks.
During the four-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury heard how the gang had been drinking at one of their homes prior to the attack which happened in the early hours of April 27. Singh had showed them his lock knife with a 3ins blade, and boasted 'I want to bang and rob someone'.
The fracas began when the gang started shouting abuse and threats towards a group of friends, the 19-year-old victim, his girlfriend and two other girls, as they left a pedestrian subway and were walking along Bristol Street, from Birmingham city centre.
The 16-year-old girl shouted that she was going to 'batter' the lad's girlfriend.
She then pulled her to the ground by her pony tail, straddled her and started punching her in the face and body as well, as trying to pull her by the hair towards passing traffic.
The four lads set on her boyfriend, placing him a 'sleeper hold'.
Despite being outnumbered, he broke away and managed to free his girlfriend from her attacker allowing her to escape.
In retaliation, Timby grabbed and held him from behind, while Singh stabbed him. Again the victim somehow broke free and got away, heading for his home on nearby Belgrave Middleway.
He collapsed outside from his injuries, leaving his attackers to give up chase. Singh shouted 'I've stabbed him'.
His girlfriend called the police and officers carried out life-saving first aid before he was taken to hospital.
A vein near his spine leading from his heart had been severed and doctors placed him into a medically induced coma.
Meanwhile, an extensive police operation resulted in all five gang members arrested within hours.
Upon sentencing, Justice John Creed, described it as 'a shocking attack'.
"The victim went to his girlfriend's rescue and was set upon suffering life-threatening wounds."
He told the convicted teens "You show remorse but no one showed concern for the victim on that night - you simply ran away."
Singh pleaded guilty to wounding prior to the trial and the four other youngsters were found guilty of affray and wounding.
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