A 14-year-old boy who stabbed a supply teacher in a racially-motivated attack has been given an 11-year sentence.

The pupil, from Dixons Kings Academy, stabbed 50-year-old supply teacher Vincent Uzomah in a classroom on 11 June after a row about a mobile phone.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court heard how the boy racially abused Uzomah before stabbing him in the stomach with a kitchen knife he had brought into school from home.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the court that the boy had planned the attack in advance, discussing it with a classmate, and later boasted about the act on Facebook.

The pupil, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent but denied attempted murder, was sentenced to six years in detention, including three in custody, and a further five years on license.

Speaking outside the courtroom following the sentencing, Uzomah said:

“As a Christian, I have forgiven this boy who has inflicted this trauma and pain on to me and my family.

“It was, however, important for the law to run its course and for a strong message to be sent out, especially to kids of similar tendencies, that violence is never acceptable.

“Our prayer for him is that he will make use of the opportunities and support that will be provided to him, to become a changed person who will make a positive contribution to society.”



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