4th Aug, 2020

Man convicted of attempted murder in Northfield jailed for 24 years

A MAN has been jailed for 24 years after being convicted of attempted murder, assault and possession of an offensive weapon and controlled drug.

A 22-year-old almost died after suffering multiple stab wounds inflicted by Tristan Wallen in Northfield on August 27 last year.

Wallen’s violent outburst started at his family flat Roundlea Road when he burst in and repeatedly beat an 18-year-old woman inside the property.

The 28-year-old and another man, who has not yet been identified, then chased a 22-year-old man down the street, before stabbing him in the chest.

He suffered slash wounds to his arm as he tried to defend himself.

Fearing for his life, he attempted to run but Wallen quickly caught him and continued to repeatedly stab him in the back and side.

Fortunately, the victim’s mother intervened after finding her son bleeding heavily on their doorstep. She shouted towards Wallen, who ran off.

Officers swiftly arrived at the scene and a manhunt was launched to find Wallen after he and the car he was seen escaping in were identified by witnesses.

A week later, a car matching the description triggered an alert on an ANPR camera and was pursued by traffic officers, before it was stopped on the A38 in Birmingham.

Wallen, who initially tried to give his brother’s details, was identified as being wanted for attempted murder and was arrested.

A search of the car also found him to be in possession of cannabis.

Following a two week trial at Birmingham Crown Court Wallen, of Wilton Road, Handsworth, was found guilty of attempted murder, assault, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a controlled drug and jailed for 24 years.

Det Thomas Oppenkowski from West Midlands Police CID, said: “I am really pleased to see such a violent man spend many years in prison.

“This is another case highlighting the devastating effects of knife crime.

“The victim was originally deemed to have suffered life threatening injuries, so he is very lucky to have survived.

“I hope this outcome demonstrates how seriously we as a force take knife crime and will continue to target offenders who chose to use a knife.”

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