Student who stabbed classmate at Bournville College jailed

By Carl Jackson Monday 04 March 2013 Updated: 04/03 13:54

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A COLLEGE student has been jailed for seven years after stabbing a classmate for giving him 'dodgy looks'.

Valentine Cannings, 22, from Longfield Road, Northfield, was handed his sentence at Birmingham Crown Court after he had previously pleaded guilty to wounding and possession of an offensive weapon.

Thankfully, his victim, a 17-year-old IT student survived the attack at Bournville College, in Longbridge, despite suffering a serious stab wound to the gut.

The incident happened on October 12 around 1.30pm outside the college.

Cannings started arguing with the teenager after he noticed him looking at him.

He reached for his pocket knife and stabbed the lad who crumpled in agony.

Cannings fled the scene, taking a swipe with his knife at another student who bravely tried to stop him getting away.

As security tended to the victim, a full scale police investigation was launched within minutes and officers began searching for Cannings supported by sniffer dogs and the force helicopter.

Police arrested him less than an hour later on Leybrook Road, at the back of Colmers Farm School, near a children's centre.

Officers recovered a knife, baseball cap and gloves which Cannings had discarded on the way.

While in custody he told investigators the victim had been giving him 'dodgy looks' and claimed he only had the knife on him because he was using it to remove graffiti from his girlfriend's home the previous day.

A large Gurkha style hunting knife in a protective sheath was recovered after a search of Canning's house the same day.

The victim spent five days in intensive care and two weeks in hospital but has now made a good recovery.

Det Con Paul Reed from West Midlands Police CID, said: "This was an unprovoked attack on a young lad who miraculously survived his very serious injury.

"I hope the sentence acts as some comfort to the victim, his family and friends, as well as sending a very strong message to others that knife crime is not tolerated in the West Midlands.

"If you carry a knife or use a knife to commit a crime, we will find you and you will be brought before the courts."

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Buy photos» College CCTV of the incident which clearly shows Cannings (right) weilding the weapon after stabbing his victim (left) in the gut. (s)

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