Boy, 16, jailed for five years after Basingstoke alleyway stabbing
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A teenage boy was today (Friday, 23 July) jailed for five years after stabbing a man in the face in a Basingstoke alleyway.
Connor Ezard, 16, left his victim with an open wound to his face following the attack near Tortuga Walk on 12 January this year.
Jurors at Winchester Crown Court heard the victim had gone to the One Stop shop in Popley and was later confronted by the teenager on his way home.
Officers rushed to the scene and arrested Ezard on the same day.
The 19-year-old victim was then taken to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital where he received treatment for life-changing injuries to his face and nose.
On Thursday 1 July - following a trial - a jury found the defendant guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Ezard, from Sark Way, Basingstoke, had already pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and possession of a knife in a public place.
The judge lifted reporting restrictions at today’s hearing meaning Ezard can be identified.
Following today’s hearing, Police Sergeant Ian Davies, said: “This was a particularly shocking incident and I hope today’s outcome has brought some justice to the victim and his family.
“The victim was just walking home when he was set upon and was left with life-changing injuries due to the senseless attack.
“Serious violence is a priority in Basingstoke, and we are starting to see some real results in bringing offenders to justice and deterring others from street violence.
“We will continue to tirelessly work to bring an end to these kind of incidents.
“I would like to thank my colleagues and staff in the High Harm Team for their continued efforts working in Basingstoke to help keep the community safe.”