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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Eight years for Barrow teenager who stabbed grandmother

A BARROW teenager has been locked up for eight years after he stabbed his grandmother following a four-day bender on legal highs.

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Joshua Reay

A judge said it would have seemed like a “murderous attack” to his victim as she tried to escape.

Barrow Crown Court heard yesterday Joshua Reay, 19, had locked himself in his room for days smoking legal highs before coming downstairs in a state of paranoia, slashing his wrists and then attacking his grandmother.

His defence barrister Mr Duncan Nightingale said his client hadn’t coped well after he lost his stepfather and then his mother died.

Since then he had been living with his grandmother Susan Morrison, 66.

Prosecutor Mr Andrew Brown said: “It was on March 5 and Mrs Morrison was downstairs and he was upstairs. He came down and he had cuts to his arm. She told the defendant he needed help and should be sectioned. He then took a knife out of a kitchen drawer and stabbed his grandmother in the abdomen.

“The stab wound had narrowly missed her liver, her lip needed stitches internally and externally and her ribs were hurt.

“Reay told police he had stolen from his grandmother to buy drugs and had been awake for four or five days on legal highs. He said he woke in a paranoid state and slashed his wrists and lost it.”

The teenager admitted Section 18 wounding, false imprisonment, common assault, theft and possession of a knife. All offences took place at his then home on Cloisters Avenue, Barrow.

Mr Nightingale said drug use had played a significant part in his actions and said: “The loss of his stepfather and then the death of his mother have led to him not coping very well and turning to drugs.”

Sentencing Reay to eight years in a young offenders’ institute Judge Paul Batty said: “These are despicable and serious offences.”

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