Teenager stabbed 9 times after being lured to Fishponds field by 'Snapchat honey trap'

January 07 2022
Teenager stabbed 9 times after being lured to Fishponds field by 'Snapchat honey trap'

A TEENAGER was lured to an ambush and stabbed nine times in Fishponds after receiving messages from a girl inviting him for a date.

The victim received Snapchat messages from a 16-year-old girl asking him to meet her at the playing fields off Ridgeway Road in February last year.

But when he arrived he was attacked by a gang of teenage boys and stabbed nine times, needing life-saving hospital treatment.

One of the teenagers who carried out the stabbing, who was 16 at the time of the attack but is now 17, was sentenced to four years' youth custody at Bristol Crown Court today after admitting a charge of causing grievous bodily harm.

The girl, who has also since turned 17, was locked up for three years after being convicted of the same offence at a trial in November.

Neither of the offenders can be named for legal reasons due to their age.

During the girl's trial, the jury were told the victim was part of a rival group who was deliberately lured to the Ridgeway Road area on the night of February 12 so he could be attacked, in what was described in court as a "Snapchat honey trap".

He arrived expecting to find the girl for a date but was instead set upon by what police described as "a number of males with knives".

CCTV released with the agreement of the victim's family showed him running for his life along Ridgeway Road (pictured above, circled in red), overturning a wheelie bin in a desperate attempt to slow down his pursuers.

Judge Michael Longman, sentencing the two offenders, described the attack as "co-ordinated" and done with the intention of causing very serious injuries.

Afterwards Detective Inspector Roger Doxsey said: "This was a vicious and calculated attack on a then 17-year-old boy. He was mercilessly chased and stabbed approximately nine times and left for dead.

"Described in court as a ‘Snapchat honey trap’, the female lured the victim to a park in Fishponds on the understanding that they were having a date, whereupon he was set upon by a number of males with knives.

"After the attack the male offender sent a ‘mic drop emoji’ with his face on via Snapchat to the female offender.

"His emoji meant ‘job done’ and shows the true intent behind the crime.

"The victim was in intensive care but has thankfully made a steady recovery from his multiple injuries. He bravely gave evidence and we are grateful for his and his family’s support.

"Knife crime is abhorrent and the risks attached to it are extremely high. I have been shocked by the amount of young people carrying knives within this incident, and the casual approach to violence taken by these youths.

"We need young people to understand the life-changing and life-threatening consequences of carrying and using knives, both for them and their victims.

"We will not hesitate to bring offenders to justice for dangerous knife-related crimes."