Leeds knife attack on boy, 15, over Xbox game

PLEADED GUILTY: Stephen Brownsword was jailed for  six years.

PLEADED GUILTY: Stephen Brownsword was jailed for six years.

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A man who stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the chest during a row over an Xbox game has been jailed for six years.

Stephen Brownsword plunged a kitchen knife into the teenager’s body, narrowly missing vital blood vessels, during the incident at a flat in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heardBrownsword, 20, lost his temper after the youngster told him to “watch his attitude” during an argument.

The victim suffered a punctured lung and liver damage in the incident.

Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan said the incident happened on November 16 last year.

Brownsword had borrowed an XBox game from the youngster and refused to return it when he went to his home to ask for it back.

The court heard the teenager text another man to come to the house to try and resolve the issue but Brownsword carried out the attack before he arrived.

Mr McLachlan said Brownsword got the victim in a headlock before stabbing in the right side, just below his armpit.

Brownsword’s girlfriend, who was in the flat at the time, said he appeared to “lose it”.

Brownsword, of North Farm Road, Gipton, dropped the weapon after a struggle when the other man arrived and said “what have I done” when he saw the youngster was badly injured.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC told Brownsword he was fortunate not to be facing a more serious charge given the nature of the injuries. The boy made a full recovery after surgery.