Dursley boy pleads guilty at Gloucester Crown Court to Kingshill News and Booze attack
By Spacy | Thursday, February 14, 2013, 09:27
Proprietor of Kingshill News & Booze, Karthigesu Krishnamoorthy, pictured a few days after the attack in October last year.
A teenager has admitted inflicting horrific injuries on a father and son who refused to sell him cigarettes in their newsagents.
After hearing of the guilty plea, Suthakar Krishnamoorthy, who was stabbed seven times in the abdomen and arm, spoke out about how he moved to Dursley because of its low crime rate, only to be attacked.
His dad Karthigesu Krishnamoorthy was stabbed once in the abdomen in the attack.
Yesterday at Gloucester Crown Court, the 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted unlawfully wounding Suthakar with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and wounding his father, Karthigesu.
The pair, aged 53 and 31, were attacked at their store, Kingshill News & Booze in the town, just after 7am on October 27 last year.
Until yesterday the boy had denied the charges, and a trial was due to start, but he changed his pleas to guilty at the last minute.
Judge William Hart remanded the boy in custody until March 11.
At an earlier hearing the prosecution said the boy became violent when the shopkeepers refused to serve him with cigarettes.
Peter Ashby, prosecuting, at an earlier magistrates court hearing, said the attack took place after a separate dispute between the boy and the shop owner earlier on the same Saturday morning.
"This is an offence which seems to be premeditated. He had two weapons, a stone and a knife," said Mr Ashby.
"He clearly went out with at least one of those items to cause serious harm."
Yesterday in court, Suthakar said he still has no feeling in part of his hand and can only sit down for 15 minutes, or drive for 20 minutes, because of his abdominal wound.
"We don't sleep peacefully any more. I left Sri Lanka in 1997 to escape the brutal war and death, and now we see bloodshed on our doorstep here," he said, adding that he moved to Dursley from London, because of its low crime rate.