Liam Evans, 17, slashed Pc and shop worker in the neck, Leicester court told
A teenager who slashed the necks of a constable and a shop worker with a knife has been locked up.
Liam Evans was sentenced to five years' detention yesterday for intentionally wounding both victims.
After his arrest, the 17-year-old bragged about his actions to colleagues of the injured police officer, saying: "I tried to kill a copper tonight.
"I would have killed him if I hadn't dropped the knife.
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"When I get out of prison I will murder one of you. You're lucky no one died today."
Leicester Crown Court was told that at 10pm on September 15, Evans went to a Co-op store in Thurmaston Lane, Humberstone, and stole two crates of beer. A male employee asked him to return them.
"The defendant smelled of intoxicants and was spoiling for a fight," said Alan Murphy, prosecuting.
"The employee said he was going to call the police.
"The defendant hit out, with a knife in his right hand, punching him under the jaw.
"He was shaken up when he realised he'd received a one-inch-wide slash wound to his throat, which bled.
"The police found the defendant among a group of four, all drinking the stolen beer.
"Evans walked away but was pursued by an officer, who took hold of his arm and told him he was going to be searched.
"He swung his arm towards the constable's neck and then fell to the floor, scrambling around looking for something."
Once restrained, Evans, of Pindar Road, New Parks, Leicester, taunted the officer, saying: "Ha ha, I tried to stab you."
Pointing to the ground he said: "Look, there's my knife."
The constable suffered a three-inch scratch mark across the back of his neck where he had been struck.
Evans admitted two counts of wounding with intent and possession of the knife.
He also admitted possessing a larger kitchen knife in a public place nine days earlier, after police stopped a stolen car in which he was a passenger.
Evans pleaded guilty to house burglary in Whiles Lane, Birstall, when jewellery and cash totalling £1,600 were stolen, on September 3. He confessed to 17 other offences, which he asked to be considered, including 14 house burglaries.
Judge Michael Pert QC, sentencing, told Evans, who has 65 offences on his criminal record: "You have a formidable list of previous convictions.
"Knife crime is always treated seriously. Anyone who goes out with a knife can get into an argument or fight and then it's a matter of luck what happens.
"You could be facing a more serious charge, had you not had so much to drink and your aim had been better.
"You could be before me today facing a charge of murder."
He said the offences were aggravated because they were "against those working in the public sector or providing a service to the public and committed under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs".
Mr Murphy said the shop assistant felt intimidated and scared.
The police officer was "shaken", especially on realising that if he had been struck harder the injuries might have been life-threatening.
Philip Gibbs, mitigating, said: "He wants to wipe the slate clean for a fresh start.
"He had a warning shot when he received a six-month sentence for robbery last year, but the message didn't sink in.
"The comments he made in the aftermath of these offences are appalling and frightening, but he's indicated remorse and a desire to lead a non-criminal lifestyle in future."
The Leicester Mercury successfully applied, in the public interest, to Judge Pert to lift a court order which previously banned the media from naming Evans, who is a juvenile.