“Were you stabbed too? Teenagers stab students in Deansgate brawl sparked by ‘argument over cigarettes’
A teenager stabbed two students in a brawl in Deansgate sparked by an argument over cigarettes, a court has heard.
Mohammed Ahmed, 18, used a weapon believed to be a silver-bladed knife to wound the two 19-year-old victims on the back of their legs.
Fortunately, the two escaped serious injuries.
The stabbing occurred during a fight between the two victims and Ahmed and his friend outside the 42nd Street nightclub at around 1:50 a.m. on January 8 last year.
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Prosecutor Rachel Cooper told Manchester court the victims were standing outside smoking a cigarette when the offenders approached them.
“An argument develops between the accused and the two plaintiffs which results in a fight,” she said.
“During the fight, Mr. Ahmed takes out a knife and stabilizes the complainants up to the thigh.
“The defendants fled the scene but were apprehended. An officer discovered a knife in a trash can.
“It was said by the plaintiffs that the defendants asked for a cigarette and when they did not give them one it led to a fight.
“We cannot say for sure if this is correct.
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“But certainly, the two plaintiffs seem to have a very cordial conversation at first before heading down a side street where the brawl started.”
Much of the incident was captured on CCTV footage that was shown in court.
It showed Ahmed, from Hulme, and his co-defendant exchanging punches with the two students and at one point Ahmed aimed a blow to the back of the legs.
It is believed that at this point he was armed with the knife.
“None of the plaintiffs recall seeing a knife,” Miss Cooper said.
“The police are present because after the incident [one of the complainants] realizes he has blood on his jeans.
“He asked [the other complainant] “Were you stabbed too? “
“They went to the nearby club on 42nd Street where a security guard called the police.”
“There is a taxi driver who says he saw [the defendants] fled and the police followed. “
“They grab them nearby and see something being thrown.
“They check the trash and get a knife – it’s a silver-bladed knife with a black handle.
“There have been no forensic analyzes recovered, so the Crown cannot say for sure that this is the weapon.” [used in the attack]. “
Ahmed was arrested but the court heard he had been severed under the Mental Health Act the next day.
He has since received intensive treatment for mental health issues, including a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
In September of this year, he was charged with two counts of intentional injury and possession of a knife under section 18 in September and he pleaded guilty to all offenses.
Recorder Judge Anna Vigars QC heard that Ahmed had no previous convictions and was 16 at the time of the offenses, but has since turned 18.
She sentenced Ahmed, who appeared via video link from a hospital ward, to a three-year community order with mental health monitoring and treatment requirement as well as a 10-day rehab activity requirement.
Ahmed’s co-accused admitted to the fight and was convicted in a separate hearing.