Knifeman guilty of Westwood Academy pupil's attempted murder

08/05 Updated: 08/05 17:23

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Phillip O'Sullivan.

A MAN who stabbed a pupil of Westwood Academy in the neck has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Phillip O'Sullivan, from Coundon Road, was drunk when he attacked the 14-year-old on October 3 last year with a kitchen knife he had stolen from a discount store.

The pair had clashed in Lifestyle Express Store on Upper Spon Street minutes earlier with O'Sullivan accusing the lad and his girlfriend of staring at him.

And when the teenager left the shop 33-year-old O'Sullivan ran up behind him and thrust the blade into his neck, rupturing his jugular vein.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how the lad would most likely have died had it not been for the swift actions of a passer-by who intervened to tackle O'Sullivan and use his T-shirt as a makeshift tourniquet to stem the blood loss.

O'Sullivan will be sentenced on Friday, May 25.

Detective Inspector Martin Slevin said: "This was a cowardly attack by a grown man on a young boy whilst his back was turned.

"The victim has thankfully made a good recovery but, had it not been for the intervention and immediate first aid administered by a local man, this could easily have been a murder trial.

"I'm grateful for the co-operation of the Spon End community who helped with the investigation; several people came forward as witnesses and their information has helped convict O'Sullivan.

"The police and courts view carrying knives in public very seriously and anyone caught with one in their possession should expect a prison sentence regardless of whether they use it."

The court heard how blood-stained O'Sullivan staggered almost two miles across the city in an attempt to flee, at one stage trying to flag down a taxi near IKEA, but was soon cornered by firearms officers in Gulson Road.

He denied attempted murder, insisting he never intended to kill or even seriously injure the teenager, but a jury dismissed his claims and on Friday found him guilty by a majority verdict.

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