Teenager attacked rival with machete as he made music video in Harehills Park

A teenage criminal took out a machete and attacked a man as the victim was making a music video with his friends in a park in Leeds.

Tuesday, 11th August 2020, 6:00 am

The 17-year-old thug struck the victim in the shoulder with a foot-long blade during the incident in Harehills Park.

Leeds Crown Court heard the incident happened in June this year as the victim was with a group of young people making a music video in the park.

The defendant, who cannot be identified due to his age, entered the park with a friend and they walked towards the group.

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The court heard the pair were looking at an electrical scooter which belonged to a member of the group.

The group formed the view that they were going to steal the scooter and the victim walked towards the pair to try to intimidate them into going away.

The defendant then took out the weapon and struck the victim to the shoulder without warning.

Emergency services were contacted and the victim was taken to hospital.

He is now recovering well and is not believed to have suffered permanent injury.

The attack was filmed by the group and police were able to obtain the footage and identify the attacker.

He was arrested at his home in Leeds on June 20.

The defendant was interviewed and told police he had been at the scene but was not responsible for attacking anyone.

He claimed to have had the weapon for self defence.

The teenager later pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, possession of a bladed article and theft.

He has a previous conviction for robbery.

He had been released on licence from custody six weeks before the incident.

Glenn Parsons, mitigating, said his client had pleaded to the offences at an early stage and had been recalled to custody after his arrest.

Judge Simon Batiste sentenced the teenager to a further 18 months in custody.

The judge told the teenager: "You already have a bad record for violence and possessing weapons.

"This is as serious a knife as it is possible to get.

"You used it to strike the victim to the shoulder and caused very unpleasant injuries."