A 16-year-old boy from Tilehurst has been sentenced to a two year detention order after pleading guilty to GBH and possession of an offensive weapon.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested on June 1 this year after stabbing another 16-year-old boy in the back with a kitchen knife at the YMCA in Parkside Road.
The victim required surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, and is still recovering from his injuries.
Today (Wednesday) at Reading Crown Court, HH Judge Reddihough, presiding over the case, said: “It is pure and good fortune that serious injury or death has not occurred and that this is not a murder case”.
Investigating Officer, Det Con Tim Lloyd of Reading CID, said: “I am relieved that this serious incident did not result in the loss of a young boy’s life, and I hope the sentencing today will give the victim and his family some closure, and allow them to move on with their lives.
“The sentencing handed down in this case shows that knife crime will not be tolerated, and will be punished severely in the courts.”