Teenager who left boy blind after scissor stabbing during college lesson in Widnes jailed for nine years Date published: 4th July 2017 11.55am

A teenager who left a boy blind in one eye after violently stabbing him with a pair of scissors during a college lesson has today been jailed for nine years.

Michael Jones, 18-years-old, from Caldwell Road in Widnes previously pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and having an offensive weapon at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, 12 May. Jamie Grimes, 17-years-old, from Stewards Avenue in Widnes also admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was sentenced to five years. While Lewis Connor, 18-years-old from Lune Way, Widnes received a 12 month community order after admitting causing fear of violence.

The court heard how late last year Jones, along with Grimes and Connor, had an ongoing dispute with the victim, aged 17.

It was on 7 December, that Jones went in search of the pupil at Riverside College in Widnes and walked into a classroom while a lesson was taking place. With a set of scissors in his hand, he repeatedly attacked the boy, striking him in the eye as well as his chest and hand.

Grimes also entered the classroom where he then began attacking the victim by repeatedly hitting him. Connor meanwhile used aggressive language in a threatening manner.

The victim was left with life changing injuries after losing the sight in his left eye.

Inspector Chris Adkins, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “This was a pre-meditated, extremely violent attack, leaving the victim with horrific life changing injuries. Not only has this had a huge impact on the victim but the repercussions were widespread for those who witnessed this atrocious incident take place.

“The actions of these individuals shocked the local community and I want to thank all those affected for their patience, trust and confidence in the police to help bring these offenders to justice.”