15 years for man behind broad daylight Bedford stabbing

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Charge/Arrest Bedford Bedfordshire Police

A man who knifed his victim between the legs in broad daylight in a Bedford street has been sent to prison for 15 years.

Pernel Taylor, 33, caused the man to lose a litre of blood after stabbing him three times in the perineum with a machete.

The attack came after Taylor said he had been attacked by the victim the previous night.

He was jailed for 10 years and given a five licence extension, meaning he could be recalled to prison at any time up to 2037.

Luton crown court was today (Friday) played CCTV that showed Taylor, armed with a machete, chasing the man in Elstow Road at around twenty to three in the afternoon of 16th July.

He stabbed him three times in the perineum, causing him to lose a litre of blood.

The victim did not want to help the police investigation and did not make a statement.

Taylor of Bridge Road, Bedford appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing a knife.

He had 20 convictions for 39 offences including robbery and dealing Class A drugs.

Defending, Minal Raj said Taylor had been assaulted by the victim the day before. “Neither are strangers to the criminal system. They met while in prison. It was a preemptive strike.

“By luck and good fortune he does not appear to have received life-threatening injuries.”

Jailing him, Judge Nicholas Ainley told him: “It was a brutal stabbing, causing a considerable loss of blood and could have led to permanent injury. Your only excuse is that he assaulted you the night before.”

He went on: “You represent a very serious risk of danger to the public. You stabbed someone in a way calculated to cause a serious and humiliating injury. You deliberately armed yourself with a machete. This man could have died.”

Reporting by South Beds News Agency