Film stabbing re-enacted in man’s bedroom on boy (15)

THE MOVIE 'Shank', which contains a stabbing scene and was watched by McCarthy and the boy
THE MOVIE 'Shank', which contains a stabbing scene and was watched by McCarthy and the boy

A KNIFING scene in a violent DVD film was re-enacted in a man’s bedroom, a court heard.

The 20-year-old man repeatedly stabbed the 15-year-old friend in the head and neck after they watched ‘Shank’ at his home in Newstead.

The boy victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, needed 37 stitches and will be permanently scarred, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Now James McCarthy, of Chapel Terrace, Newstead, has been sentenced to three years’ custody at a young offenders’ institution for the attack.

The court heard McCarthy met the boy from school and they watched the film on a laptop.

Judge Ebrahim Mooncey told McCarthy: “This is a serious matter and the facts are unusual.

“A friend came to your house to watch a DVD with you. It included a scene where a character gets stabbed in the hand.

“The next thing, you attack him for no reason whatsoever.”

McCarthy, who had been drinking, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent during the attack at the home he shares with his mother.

The court heard that the 15-year-old felt a blow to the head and then seven stabs or jabs with a five-inch kitchen-knife. One cut was three centimetres deep, near the lower lid of an eye.

He was given first aid by McCarthy’s mother and later taken to hospital where it took three-and-a-half hours to treat his wounds.

The police were called and McCarthy ran out of the house to flag down a police car. He helped look for the knife, which he had discarded.

The court was told that McCarthy had been before the courts for robbery when he was 14 and had a later conviction for common assault after a fist fight.

His barrister, Stephen Gosnell, said he had just “slipped” after a mention of his mother when the two youths were watching the film. But Mr Gosnell accepted the 15-year-old had not insulted McCarthy’s mother.

McCarthy kept the knife under his pillow after concerns about bullying when younger. “He really has had anxiety”, said Mr Gosnell.

“But there is no excuse for what he did.”

It was not pre-meditated and the injuries were not life-threatening.

The victim had also said he had not been mentally scarred.

The court was told that McCarthy knew he had to deal with his use of alcohol. “If he continues to drink, he will present a high risk of offending,” said Mr Gosnell.

The judge said McCarthy had been given sentences in the past which meant he received help from the probation service. Medical reports showed he was fit to plead and the reports had not given any further insight into what made him tick.