"His friends found him very traumatised, shocked and sobbing"
Habib Khan, aged 18, of Derby, was jailed for seven months after he stabbed a man four times while he was still a teenager.
Derby Crown Court heard that Khan, who had a propensity for carrying knives, left the victim “screaming in pain” following the attack in Derby city centre.
The victim needed surgery to repair damage to his colon caused by one of the wounds inflicted on him.
Khan, who was 16 at the time, had jabbed the same weapon at the chest of a different victim just the day before, leaving that victim “shocked and sobbing” thinking he too was going to be cut.
The prosecutor Sarah Slater explained that the first incident took place in Bramble Street on June 6, 2018.
She said: “He approached the victim in Derby city centre and pulled out a knife from his waistband.
“He jabbed it a few times into his chest and said to him ‘you’ve grassed up my mate’ which the complainant denied.
“He thought he was going to be stabbed but the defendant left him.
“His friends found him very traumatised, shocked and sobbing and in a victim impact statement said he is now scared to go out, traumatised and this incident made his anxiety and mental health worse.”
The next day, the second victim was out with friends and can only remember being stabbed by the teenager in London Road but not exactly how it happened.
Miss Slater said: “Two female friends have filled in the gaps, they said they were out as part of a group and that the complainant was being aggressive, acting like a bit of an idiot.
“They said they remembered seeing the defendant stab him to the chest at least twice, very quickly in the area of his lungs.
“They said the victim then dropped to the floor and a female witness went to help.
“The police and ambulance called and the victim was screaming in pain, saying he’d been stabbed.”
The man suffered four stab wounds to his shoulder, lower back and abdomen which left him with internal injuries to his diaphragm and to his colon which were repaired in surgery.
He did not provide a victim impact statement.
Khan was not found responsible until 18 months later by which time he was already serving three and a half years inside a young offenders’ institution for three knifepoint robberies committed in November 2018.
Derby Telegraph reported that due to his ongoing sentence, his age at the time of the attacks and his early guilty pleas, Judge Shaun Smith QC was only able to hand out a seven-month sentence.
He said: “The sentence might not reflect the seriousness of the criminality you carried out but it reflects the totality of what you would have received had you been sentenced for all of these offences as a 16-year-old.
“You are already serving the maximum sentence you could have got for the other offences.”