Two teenagers jailed following hammer attack in Warwick - The Leamington Observer

Two teenagers jailed following hammer attack in Warwick

Leamington Editorial 25th Apr, 2024   0

TWO teenagers have been jailed following a hammer attack in Warwick.

Warwick Crown Court heard the pair had spent several days searching for their victim – a 16-year-old boy – and told people what they intended to do to him.

On September 14 last year, 19 year-old Jake Coop and a 16 year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told three friends of the victim they were looking for the him so they could stab him. A video of this conversation was later posted online, it is believed by Coop.

The victim and his friends were walking along Tapping Way in the afternoon two days later when they were confronted by the two defendants. Coop produced a hammer struck the victim about the head with it.

The 16 year-old drew a large Rambo knife and chased one of the victim’s friends.

The two defendants then fled on push bikes, after members of the public saw what was happening.

A short time later the victim collapsed and began to fit in Coton End and his friends called an ambulance. He was taken to hospital where he was placed into an induced coma. A CT scan showed no serious damage to his brain.

The 16 year-old was arrested in the early hours of the following morning at his home.

Later that day Coop was arrested after handing himself in at Leamington Police Station.

Coop, of River Close, Leamington, was given a five year sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. The court found him guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The 16 year-old, from Rugby, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to possession of a bladed article. The court found him guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Det Con Mark Lowndes from Warwickshire Police CID said: “This was a violent attack that left the victim with potential serious injuries and fearing for his life. Thankfully the victim did not suffer brain damage.

“These types of attacks with weapons always have the potential to result in tragedy and we will always take them seriously and investigate thoroughly.”

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