JAILED: Knifeman 'Biggsy' stabbed man at pub on Christmas morning
A knifeman has been jailed for stabbing a reveller at a pub party in the early hours of Christmas Day.
Yusaf Mohammed plunged the knife into his 22-year-old victim's chest when violence erupted in the smoking area at the Old Horns pub in Great Barr at 12.45am on Christmas Day 2015.
The man went on to make a full recovery but was lucky to survive after the knife narrowly avoided puncturing his heart.
Officers soon identified 24-year-old Mohammed – known locally as ‘Biggsy’ – as a suspect and later that day officers traced him to an address in Dunedin Road, Kingstanding.
He had fled the area but officers found clothes matching those worn by the attacker drying on a radiator having been washed by the Mohammed in a bid to remove any DNA evidence.
Investigating officer Pc Mandy Dorrington, from West Midlands Police, said: “There was no trouble during the evening – everyone seemed to be merry and enjoying themselves – but trouble flared just after closing time as people were milling around outside.
“It’s not known exactly what sparked the disorder but an argument broke out between two men and for some reason Mohammed waded in and stabbed one of the men. CCTV shows the victim collapse on a grass verge near the pub car park. He was lucky to survive."
When he was arrested on January 29 2016, Mohammed denied being involved and claimed it was a case of mistaken identity - despite a key witness picking him out as the offender.
However a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was shown CCTV evidence and heard from a witness who saw Mohammed with a knife in the pub toilets before the stabbing.
Mohammed was found guilty of wounding on Friday and sentenced to six-and-a-half years behind bars.
Another man, aged 20 at the time, suffered a serious head injury after being knocked unconscious during the brawl.
His attacker, 20-year-old Jake Thomason of Beacon Road, Pheasey, will be sentenced for wounding later this month.
Pc Dorrington added: “This was a complex investigation, with lots of witness accounts and CCTV to be gathered, but I am pleased Mohammed has now finally been brought to justice.
“Anyone found carrying a knife, let alone using it, should prepare to spend time behind bars.”
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