Stanley knife slasher jailed for attacks on teenage girls

By Crown Court correspondent in Crime

A binge drinker who lives in Dawlish has been jailed for slashing two teenaged girls with a Stanley knife during a sixth form party.

Kai Webb who used to live in Teignmouth, lashed out with the knife after a 17-year-old girl stepped in as he was arguing with his ex-girlfriend. He left a cut on her face which needed five stitches and then slashed at a 19-year-old girl who tried to stop him.

He caught her on the hand as she raised her arm to defend herself and left her with a small cut that also needed hospital treatment.

Webb, aged 20, and his girlfriend joined a group of sixth formers who were having an impromptu open air party on fields close to Teignmouth Rugby Club on May 23.

He attacked the 17-year-old because she was so worried at how he was bullying his girlfriend that she was about to call her father to come and sort things out.

Webb told her he would slash her father’s throat with the Stanley knife and then flicked the weapon across her face, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He has previous convictions for robbery and wounding and a judge told him he had come close to receiving an extended sentence as a dangerous offender.

Webb admitted wounding, causing actual bodily harm, and possession of a knife and was jailed for three years and three months in a young offenders’ institution by Judge Graham Cottle.

He told him: ‘You were in possession of a Stanley knife. That is a lethal weapon and there is no clear explanation of why you had it.

‘You got into an argument and no doubt drink contributed to that argument. You slashed at a girl’s face with the knife and the wound could have been much worse than it was. I don’t believe you held back.

‘It was still a very unpleasant injury. A second girl became involved and you slashed at her face. She put up her arm and it contacted her hand. If she had not done that she would also have been slashed across her face.

‘You have a bad criminal record and are going in completely the wrong way at this stage of your life. If you carry on this path, you will receive longer and longer sentences.’

Mr Jason Beal, prosecuting, said a group of friends from a sixth form college were drinking together near the rugby club when an argument broke out between Webb and his ex-girlfriend.

He slashed the two girls and then ran off, discarding the knife on the way. Police used a helicopter to track him down and needed to use incapacitant spray to arrest him.

He denied slashing the girls and claimed they had been injured accidentally by glass from a broken bottle.

A probation report said Webb had been drinking cider and gin before the attack, which he now describes as ‘unforgivable’.

Mr Lee Bremridge, mitigating, said Webb is keen to change his behaviour by taking courses while in prison.

He said he is a skilled building labourer who was working at the time of his arrest on a project in Salcombe which is to be featured on the Grand Designs television programme.