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Princes Risborough Teenager Jailed For 12 Years


Published by the Mix96 News Team at 5:16pm 8th March 2016.

A teenager from Princes Risborough has been jailed for 12 years after he stabbed a man.

19-year-old Ruben Smith from New Road, Princes Risborough, was convicted at Aylesbury Crown Court on 8 February 2016 by unanimous jury.

On Wednesday (2/3) he was sentenced at the same court to an extended sentence of 16 years comprising a custodial term of 12 years and an extension period of four years, and 36 months and 54 months detention in a young offender institution, to run concurrently.

On 8 December 2014 at 2.11pm in Woodfield Road, Princes Risborough, Smith stabbed a 29-year-old man numerous times in the chest, causing serious injury.

The victim sustained four stab wounds to the chest and torso, causing a collapsed lung and a fractured shoulder blade.

In connection with this offence, he was convicted of one count of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, one count of having a blade / sharply pointed object in a public place and one count of wounding / inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Smith also pleaded guilty on 18th November 2015 at the same court to one count of wounding / inflicting grievous bodily harm, two counts of assault by beating, one count of assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm, and one count of having a blade / sharp pointed article in a public place.

For these offences Smith was sentenced to three years’ detention in a young offender’s institution for the GBH, four months’ detention in a young offender institution for each assault by beating, all to be served concurrently.

At around 2.48am on 22 February 2015, Smith entered a property Longwick Road, Princes Risborough, and assaulted various occupants of the house; two 18-year-old men, a 17-year-old boy and a 34-year-old woman.

During this incident Smith struck a man with a glass bottle causing serious injury.

The victim sustained a fracture to his nose. The other victims sustained various bruising and swelling.

The sentences for each incident are to run concurrently, so Smith will serve a total of 12 years in prison with four years’ extended licence.

Investigating officer, Det Con Andy Hall from Force CID at High Wycombe police station said:

“Smith committed two very serious GBH offences in Princes Risborough involving a number of victims who sustained severe injuries.

“I am pleased with the lengthy sentences that have been given to Smith and I hope that his time behind bars enables him to think about the consequences of his actions.

“Violence will not be tolerated in our community and this sentence demonstrates that we will bring those offenders who commit violent offences to justice.”

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