Two jailed for Dewsbury Sports Centre stabbing

Two jailed for Dewsbury Sports Centre stabbing

TWO men from Dewsbury have been jailed for a combined total of more than 22 years for what detectives have described as a 'brutal assault'. 

Richard Carroll, 30, of no fixed address, and Ali Shah, 34, of Barber Walk, were jailed at Leeds Crown Court on Friday for robbery and wounding.

The incident, which occurred in the early hours of August 15, 2019, involved the victim being assaulted and stabbed with a broken bottle outside Dewsbury Sports Centre on Longcauseway.

Carroll and Shah stole the man's wallet and phone before leaving him on the floor with serious injuries to his face and body.

The court heard the victim, in his 20s, was able to make his way to the nearby Asda supermarket on Mill Street West to summon help. 

'Strong evidence' led to detectives arresting Carroll the day after the incident. Shah was arrested a few days later. 

Carroll was jailed for 12 years, with five years on extended licence, after pleading guilty to Section 18 wounding and robbery. 

Shah was given five years and five months behind bars for robbery and possession of a bladed weapon. 

Detective Sergeant Oliver Coates said: "We welcome these strong sentences for what was a brutal assault which could easily have had even more serious consequences. 

"The level of violence used in this incident was quite shocking and fortunately we were able to quickly arrest these individuals and build a very strong case against both men. 

"I hope the strong sentences will bring some comfort to the victim and act as a stark warning that the use of such violence will result in a lengthy spell in prison." 

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