10 Aug 2015

Schoolboy who stabbed teacher given 11 years’ detention

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, used an offensive racist term before stabbing supply teacher Vincent Uzomah in June

A 14-year-old boy who stabbed his supply teacher in the stomach in a racist attack has been detained for 11 years.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, stabbed Vincent Uzomah, 50 at Dixons Kings Academy in Bradford, on 11 June.

There was “clear evidence” he was targeted by the boy because he was black, the Bradford crown court heard.

The boy stabbed his teacher once before fleeing the school and bragging about what he had done on Facebook.

About 20 minutes after the attack the boy posted a message which read: “The motherf***** getin funny so I stick the blade straight in his tummy.”

The Facebook post received at least 69 “likes”, the court heard.

The boy denied attempted murder but admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the boy had grown to dislike the teacher in the seven weeks he had worked at the school.

The boy discussed the attack with a friend before carrying it out, and later made “sick” boasts about the attack online, he told the court.

Mr Sharp said: “He did not show any especial hostility to other teachers. Mr Uzomah, however, is black.

“The defendant disliked him, claiming he couldn’t teach, and freely referred to him by the epithet beginning with the letter n, including saying it in anger just before he attacked him.

“The Crown’s case in consequence is that the attack was, at least in part, racially motivated.”

The court heard that the stabbing happened after a row about a mobile phone.

Mr Sharp said the boy was described by witnesses as “getting angry, red in the face and putting his head down and muttering the words bastard and n*****”.

He said: “He approached Mr Uzomah and reached into his pocket but at that point he took out the knife and stabbed Mr Uzomah in the stomach.”

He added: “Mr Uzomah thought he was going to die.”