A teenager caused a “dreadful” wound to a man by stabbing him in the leg after wrongly accusing him of being a paedophile.
A court heard how the 16-year-old attacker armed himself with the weapon before going to confront the vulnerable victim outside a house in Beeston on July 25 this year.
Leeds Crown Court heard the youngster, who cannot be named, had been drinking at the time of the incident and carried out the attack after being told the man had been looking at his sister.
Syam Soni, prosecuting, said the youngster called the victim a “dirty paedophile” as he approached him on a step outside the property. The victim kicked out at the teenager to defend himself and the knife went into his leg. The teenager had to be dragged away by his mother.
Police arrived and found the 16-year-old in possession of a baseball bat. He told officers: “I slit him up.”
The teenager pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, possession of an offensive weapon and making threats with an offensive weapon.
Jayne Cooper, mitigating, said the teenager did not deliberately inflict the stab injury but pleaded guilty to the offence on the basis that his actions were reckless.
Miss Cooper asked judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, to consider imposing a community-based punishment so he can continue receive help from youth offending workers to prevent him re-offending. The teenager was made the subject of a two-year youth rehabilitation order and made the subject of a curfew for 120 days.
The teenager was also told he must attend a programme designed to tackle knife-crime.
Judge Marson said: “You made contact with his calf and caused a dreadful wound. The order I put upon you is not an easy one. It is a very onerous and heavy order and you will abide by it. You will do as you are told, otherwise you will come back to me and I will send you to custody.”
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