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Liverpool Teenagers Jailed Over Bike Robbery Stabbing

Two teenagers who stole a young boy's bike in Formby before stabbing the victim's brother when he confronted them have been jailed for a total of 17 years.

Sonny Collins (left) and Micky Teany (right)
Sonny Collins (left) and Micky Teany (right)

On Tuesday 8 March 2022, at approximately 4pm, a 14-year-old boy was in Duke Street Park with his friend when he was approached by two teenagers, Micky Teany, 19, and Sonny Collins, also aged 19.

Collins pulled out a knife and demanded the boy hand over his mountain bike.

The victim's 16-year-old brother travelled to Formby to meet him, it was then they noticed the bike being used by Collins and Teany.

The elder brother challenged the thieves, at which point Teany produced a knife and stabbed him in the side, causing a deep puncture wound and a punctured lung. The boy is still recovering from his injuries.

At the first court hearing, Collins pled guilty. Teany took his case to trial and was found guilty.

Micky Teany, of Hawthorne Drive, Northwood, Kirkby was sentenced to 9 years behind bars for Section 18 wounding, robbery, and theft.

Sonny Collins, of no fixed abode, was handed an 8-year prison sentence for robbery, possession of a bladed article, and theft.

Both were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 23 February.

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Dyer said: "This was an appalling attack which sadly highlights the profound consequences of carrying a knife. It is by sheer luck that the victim of this stabbing was not more seriously injured or killed, although the effects on them are of course long-lasting and we wish them both a continued recovery from this traumatic event.

"For two young boys to be targeted when wanting to spend time in a local park with friends is abhorrent, and hopefully today’s sentencing gives them some comfort moving forward, and shows our commitment to keeping public spaces as safe as possible, to be enjoyed.

"Teany compounded this suffering with his refusal to plead guilty, but justice has now been served. The recklessness and absurdity of carrying a knife in order to steal a bicycle is something that needs to be a stark reminder to young people across Merseyside. You run the risk of destroying the lives of others, and of course, both Teany and Collins will both now face the consequences of that afternoon on their own futures. They are still young enough to rebuild their lives, but it is also extremely lucky that their victim has the same opportunity.

"Carrying a knife, for whatever reason, is likely to lead to such an outcome, and we will continue to spend time with young people to educate and deter them from destroying lives."

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