Man convicted of stabbing teenager in Eastbourne

A MAN who stabbed a 15-year-old boy and tried to hide the knife in an oven has been arrested.

Joseph Heavey, 32, carried out the attack during an argument with the boy on January 11, 2021 in Seaside, Eastbourne.

The teenager was visiting a friend who lived in the same building as Heavey when they started arguing, he then ran off the property and the disagreement continued down the street.

Heavey is then seen on CCTV going back inside and coming out with a knife.

He then stabbed the boy, causing a serious wound on the boy’s left arm.

Patrol officers found the boy moments later after he ran away.

The Argus: Joseph Heavey. Photo: Sussex PoliceJoseph Heavy. Photo: Sussex Police

He was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton for an operation.

Back at the property, Heavey attempted to hide the knife in the oven before being arrested.

The knife was found and he was later charged with first degree assault.

Heavey was found guilty by a jury of assault with intent to cause aggravated assault in August 2021.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court on September 2 and was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison with a further three years’ license extension.

Heavey, unemployed, of Old London Road, Hastings, was also ordered to pay a £190 victim’s surcharge.

Detective DC Glen Saunders said: “Heavey used extreme levels of violence to inflict serious injury on a boy who was only 15 at the time.

“At no point did he accept responsibility for his actions, despite hearing the distressing effects the attack continues to have on his victim.

“The victim is now 17 years old and should be enjoying life with his friends. Instead, he struggles daily to overcome the physical and emotional trauma caused by this incident.

“This was an attack that took place in broad daylight on a busy street in Eastbourne and I know it also caused concern in the local community at the time.

“I hope this result gives people peace of mind that knife crime is taken incredibly seriously by the police and the courts and those who choose to carry and use a gun face lengthy sentences as a result.

“We are pleased that the judge reflected the seriousness of this offense by sentenced Heavey to an extended prison term of 11.5 years.”

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