Teenager is jailed over screwdriver stab attack outside Leeds nightclub

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A VIOLENT teenager who stabbed a rival in the stomach with a screwdriver in a brawl outside a nightclub has been locked up for eight years.

Luther Francis left his victim suffering from life threatening injuries in the horrific violence which was caught on camera outside the Warehouse in Leeds city centre.

Francis, 19, plunged the weapon into the victim’s abdomen before running after him and continuing to slash at him.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim had to undergo surgery after the screwdriver caused damage to his liver. The attack happened in the early hours of December 15 last year during a disturbance involving a large number of people outside the club. CCTV footage showed Francis attacking the victim as he was up against a fence. The victim managed to run away but was pursued by Francis who delivered two further blows.

Police were called to the scene after being contacted by camera operators and found the victim nearby. He was bleeding heavily from his stomach and lapsing in and out of consciousness. Francis was arrested after officers followed a car he was seen getting into. Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, said Francis was aggressive towards officers and they had to use CS spray to subdue him. He was found in possession of the screwdriver.

Francis, of Cowper Street, Harehills pleading guilty to wounding with intent. The court heard he has a history of committing violent offences.

One involved him robbing a 15-year-old boy of his mobile phone and then ordering his victim to carry out robberies on other youngsters.

Mark Foley, mitigating, said it was not a premeditated attack and Francis stopped chasing the victim rather than continuing to inflict further injuries despite having the opportunity to do so.

Mr Foley added that Francis accepted his would be facing a lengthy jail term. He said: “He has reacted in an appallingly violent way

Judge Christopher Batty said: “He could have died and you could have been here for murder. This was a life threatening injury.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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