Man jailed for assisting in stabbing 12-year-old boy

A man has been jailed for six years for assisting in the stabbing of a 12-year-old boy in the leg in Bootle in 2021.

Mason Clague, 23 years, of Bootle was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, 18 December, after being found guilty of wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm following a trial in October.

The jury heard that on 7 April 2021, a 12-year-old boy was chased by two men into the garden of an address on Southport Road where a children’s birthday party was being held.

The young victim was attacked and stabbed three times in the leg which required hospital treatment but was not life-threatening.

Clague was arrested the next day, 8 April 2021, on suspicion of a Section 18 assault.

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Dyer said, “This was an extremely shocking incident where a young boy was attacked and injured. The events that day stunned the local community.

“Thankfully the young victim’s injuries were not life-threatening but it could easily have ended in tragic circumstances. The dangerous and callous assault is still having a significant and lasting impact on the young boy, which will continue for a long time.

“We hope that today’s sentencing will provide the victim and his family with some comfort in knowing that Clague is paying for his crime. I hope Clague will use this time to reflect on his despicable actions of that day and realise the significant impact it has had on his victim, his family and children attending the birthday party – a day which was meant to have been a happy occasion.”

Detective Chief Inspector Dyer added, “Reducing knife crime is a priority all year round in Merseyside. We are committed to proactively use stop and search powers, carry out open land searches, warrants and education work alongside partners to remove weapons from the streets.

“While we are making positive progress, we understand the devastating consequences of carrying a knife and are relentless in our approach to targeting and pursuing criminals.

“The use of knives and any weapons is reckless and will not be tolerated, and can have tragic consequences, not only for the victim and their family but also for the offenders involved.

“I would urge people to educate themselves and speak to their children and family members about the dangers of knife crime.

“There is no place for knives in our communities. I would urge anyone with information to get in touch so we can act on community intelligence or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Image: Mason Clague/Merseyside Police

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