- A teenager got caught into a fight with a heroin addict, which resulted in the boy getting stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors
- The boy lost control of his right arms as a result of the attack and spent four weeks in a hospital
- The drug addict was sentenced to 10 years and 8 months of jail time
Gary Gilbertson, 41, a heroin addict got into a conflict with a young woman who was around a group of 25 people singing and dancing around a street busker.
Joseph Giblin, 17, stood up against the drug addict and got stabbed in the neck with a pair of scissors.
Another member of the group managed to wrestle Gilbertson to the ground and hold him until the police arrived.
However, the damage was already done: now after 4 weeks of hospital care, Joseph Giblin was allowed to go home. After suffering a spinal injury the teenager has lost control of his right hand.
“I can’t begin to explain the devastating effect this has had on my life,” Joseph said at court.
The judge told Gilbertson that he was “behaving in an extremely aggressive manner” and that he had in his hands a bladed weapon. Gilbertson was sentenced to ten years and eight months of jail for the attack.
The heroin addict has 38 previous convictions and 89 offences which include assaults, wounding with intent, attempted wounding with intent and possession of weapons.