Pub landlord says sentence for teen who stabbed him is an "insult"

Pub landlord says sentence for teen who stabbed him is an "insult"

A pub landlord has been sentenced to five years in prison for a teenager who stung him several times when asked to leave.

Brendan Wilson, 44, the Brooks Arms landlord in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, needed life-saving operations after the attack in May.

Joel Shooter, 17, stabbed him at least three times – piercing the abdomen, intestines and pancreas – because he was kicked out of the pub after a row broke inside.

Brendan Wilson hospitalized after being stabbed to death at the Brooks Arms pub in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire on May 8 (Photo: MEN Media)

A judge at Bradford Crown Court said that if the teenager was 18, he would have been detained for at least 12 years.

Mr. Wilson says the five-year sentence is "an insult."

I could have died. He should have been convicted as an adult, 12 years, "he said.

"I'm still traumatized by what happened and I do not know when or if it will ever go away, it's an insult.

Judge Mushtaq Khokhar heard that Shooter regularly wore knives for his own protection after seeing his brother stabbed to death.

In the early hours of May 8, he pulled out a kitchen knife with a 10-inch blade, after he had engaged in an argument in the pub.

Brendan stood in front of his pub where he was stabbed (Photo: MEN Media)

The court heard that Shooter, after being told to leave the tavern, confronted Mr. Wilson outside and stabbed him.

Prosecutor David McGonigal said the victim initially thought he had been beaten but was taken to the hospital with stab wounds.

He returned to the hospital twice after the attack and now has difficulty sleeping. He suffers constant flashbacks, he told the court.

Mr. McGonigal said, "He [Mr Wilson] has no idea when he will recover, if he ever wants it.

Shooter, who allegedly drank cocaine tonight, was already free at the time of the bail attack for attempting a robbery with his 20-year-old brother Leon in November.

The brothers were both convicted of attempted robbery following a lawsuit in Leeds Crown Court.

Injuries suffered by Brendan meant that he needed a life-saving operation (Photo: MEN Media)

Shooter accused him of wounding with the intention of causing serious bodily harm in connection with the attack on Mr. Wilson.

Judge Khokhar sentenced him to 64 months with a three-year extended license after a report concluded that the teenager was dangerous.

Shooter was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the attempted robbery, and his brother Leon, who was licensed at a youth hostel in Dewsbury, was sentenced to three years in a young custodian for his role.

Judge Khokhar said, "It is the victim's sheer luck that the injuries he suffered are not as serious as they are.

"It's pretty clear from what he says that it will take a while before he recovers, if at all."

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After the hearing, Mr. Wilson said, "I had a chest drain for two weeks because my pancreas had leaked, but the surgeons were happy that the operation was a success.

"I got an infection and spent another week in Huddersfield.

"I am now on medication for a blood clot on my leg."

"I'm still fighting, when one of my friends comes behind and pats me on the back, I'm nervous, it's terrible.

"I see his [Joel Shooter’s] I see in my head all the time and can not sleep because I think about what he did to me.

"It hit me hard."

He added that he considered the court too lenient.

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