Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Victim of Attack in Dock for Being Armed with Knife

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Victim of Attack in Dock for Being Armed with Knife

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT gareth.lightfoot@trinitymirror.com @GazetteCourt

A VICTIM of a tree branch attack which landed a thug in prison for 11 years has ended up in the dock himself for carrying a knife.

Kienan Johnson, 21, suffered a brain injury and a "complete personality change" in a street attack before he fell foul of the law. The judge who sentenced him for having a knife read a Gazette report of the unprovoked attack which changed his life.

Johnson needed part of his skull removing after he was attacked on Bishopton Road, Stockton with a piece of wood in 2017.

He was an innocent man backing away as Jordan Broderick, 25, wielded a large tree branch and struck him.

He collapsed with "serious head trauma", was put into an induced coma and underwent emergency surgery.

Dangerous offender Broderick is serving a 15-year extended sentence, including 11 years' imprisonment, for GBH with intent.

Almost two years later, the victim Johnson was at Teesside Crown Court facing a possible prison sentence for possession of a blade.

Police went to Bridge Road, central Stockton, to reports of a chase involving a man with a knife. Johnson, of Windsor Road, Stockton, was found with an eight-inch kitchen knife in his sock at about 2am on August 18 this year. He admitted having a bladed article in a public place and appeared in court for sentence on Wednesday.

The court was told how the unprovoked attack in 2017 had affected him, as he still underwent neurological treatment for its after-effects.

Andrew Turton, defending, said there were indications of a personality change affecting his behaviour.

Johnson was standing in the road when he was hit with a piece of wood the size of a baseball bat at about 8am on October 29, 2017. He managed to stay upright then collapsed as he and his friends walked away. …

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