Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Extremely Dangerous and Aged Just 18; JUDGE LOCKS UP KNIFEMAN WITH WARNING WORDS RINGING IN HIS EARS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Extremely Dangerous and Aged Just 18; JUDGE LOCKS UP KNIFEMAN WITH WARNING WORDS RINGING IN HIS EARS

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Byline: ANDY HUGHES

A TEENAGE timebomb launched a terrifying knife attack prompting a judge to brand him "extremely dangerous".

Today his victim told of the moment Adam Reay repeatedly stabbed him at a house party for no reason.

Reay was jailed for seven years after he thrust a kitchen knife into Ben Le-Blond's stomach and back at the end of a "all-night" party in a house on the banks of the Tyne.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Reay, 18, arrived at the bash at 7.30am on May 8 looking "edgy", and immediately started arguing with his girlfriend Kelly Dearden, 32.

Following the row, Reay picked up a six-inch, doubleedged knife and unleashed a frenzied and unprovoked attack on Mr Le-Blond as he walked past him.

Tom Moran, prosecuting, told how Reay fled the house, in Wapping Street, South Shields, and threw the blade into the Tyne before returning and apologising to his victim.

Police divers recovered the knife hours later.

Dad-of-one Mr Le-Blond, 26, suffered a punctured kidney and spent two days in hospital recovering. Mr Moran said there was "absolutely no reason for the attack" and there was no altercation between Reay and Mr Le-Blond before the stabbing.

Today Mr Le-Blond, who lives in South Shields with his four-year-old daughter, said: "I'm happy with the sentence. He stabbed me for absolutely no reason at all.

"I just walked past him in the kitchen and he picked up a knife from the table and started stabbing me with it. I started panicking, I didn't know what to do.

"Luckily I survived, but the whole incident has affected my daughter and my family."

Reay, who admitted wounding with intent at a hearing last month, was described as "extremely dangerous" by Judge Beatrice Bolton.

Reay, of Malvern Street, South Shields, was also sentenced for battering a woman who had advised Miss Dearden to leave him. …

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