(CNS): A Grand Court judge said that knife crime was “worryingly prevalent” and raised his concerns about people claiming to carry the weapons as protection, as he handed down a sentence of five years and six months to a Jamaican man convicted of stabbing his one-time friend in the heart following a card game dispute. Orlando Graham (34) was convicted by a jury last week of wounding Prentice Brown with intent when the game turned violent. The judge pointed out that when men are armed with knives, it is all too easy to use them when a dispute occurs.
“Both men claimed to be carrying knives for their own protection,” the judge stated as he delivered his sentence. “It is a familiar and pathetic excuse. If you need to carry a knife for your own protection, you are mixing with the wrong people, going to the wrong places or doing the wrong things.”
Noting that the courts take a serious view of knife crime, he added, “I don’t imagine he intended to stab anyone that night but this illustrates the problem that if someone is carrying a knife and an argument begins, it is all too easy to draw it and use it.”
With a custodial sentence inevitable and following sentencing guidelines, he arrived at a six-year term. But given the time that Graham had spent on electronic curfew, he reduced the sentence to five and a half years.