July 15, 2022 9.25 am

Three teens punished over Gainsborough stabbing

They have been handed strict Criminal Behaviour Orders

Two boys and one man involved in violent disorder in Gainsborough have been handed strict Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO) thanks to investigations by officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

The incident happened on 17 April at an address in Eliot Close in the town, which saw the three boys attack a man in his 30s who was punched to the face and received a superficial stab wound to the head.

The three appeared at Lincoln Distract Magistrate’s Court on Monday 4 July.

One of the boys, a 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH) and was given a two year CBO.

This is an order designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court. If it’s breached, this is a criminal offence and custodial sentence can be enforced to deal with the individual.

The 15-year-old’s CBO has conditions which mean he must comply with requirements of the Youth Offending Team, must not to associate with specific people or be in a group of more than three people in public in Gainsborough, must not enter John Jenkinson Close, and must not contact specific individuals. He was also given a Youth Referral Order.

Another of the boys, Sonny McLaggan, 18, of Park Springs Road, Gainsborough, pleaded guilty to affray for the incident. He has been granted a CBO for 12 months and must comply with the directions of the Youth Offending Team, and has conditions not to contact specific people, not to associate with specific individuals in public, and not to be in a group of more than three people in a public place in Gainsborough.

McLaggan was also given a Youth Rehabilitation Order which includes a curfew to be indoors between 10pm and 6am with electronic monitoring for a period of six months. He was 17 at the time of the offences, but can now be named as he has turned 18.

A 16-year-old boy also pleaded guilty to affray in relation to the incident in Eliot Close. He also entered guilty pleas of common assault and criminal damage for an incident which took place on 10 February in Riseholme Road, Gainsborough, which saw vehicles smashed with a baseball bat and a man in his 30s assaulted.

He also pleaded guilty to malicious communications on 5 May after sending a girl he knew messages via Snapchat demanding money and threatening to harm her and her family. He also entered a guilty plea for possession of Class A drugs in Lincoln on 8 May.

He was given a CBO which took into account all of the incidents and guilty pleas. His CBO will last for two years, and he is required to engage with the youth offending team.

As part of the CBO, he has been banned from associating with a specific group of boys in public, he must not be in a group of more than three people in a public place in Gainsborough, and he also has restrictions on visiting particular address in Riseholme Close, and contacting certain people.

He was given a Youth Rehabilitation Order that includes a curfew to be indoors between 7pm and 7am daily with electronic monitoring for a period of three months.

Inspector Gary Brockie, said: “These incidents caused a great amount of concern in the local community, and we’re pleased that justice is being served on those responsible. We immediately launched an investigation around each incident, and spent weeks working on building a solid case to ensure that when they went through the criminal justice system they would be dealt with firmly.

“Thanks must go to the victims, who were brave enough to come forward and report the incidents, which meant we could tackle the problem before it escalated. The result this week is down to the combined teamwork of the Gainsborough NPT, CID, and the Youth Offending Service.

“This demonstrates the ongoing commitment we have to the communities in West Lindsey to make it a safe place to live, work and visit.”