Police share photo showing young man’s wounds after attackers admit stabbing

Two thugs who savagely knifed a man face jail as police release horrifying images of the injuries they inflicted.

Connor Morris, 20, and Brennan McGinley, 21, ambushed their victim as he cycled in a park with a young boy.

They stabbed him six times and stamped on his head as he desperately tried to escape.

The shocking attack took place in Chesil Avenue in Nottingham on February 24.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how the victim and the boy had cycled to the park.

While the victim was chatting to a friend, he saw a man approaching the boy, apparently carrying a knife.

After he spoke to the man, the victim was suddenly stabbed to his lower back.

A scuffle ensued but as the victim tried to protect himself he was stabbed again.

The victim tried to get away and managed to get a short distance up the road before he was stabbed for a third time before falling to the ground.

While he was on the floor he was attacked by a second man who stabbed him in the arm and back.

A third attacker, who has yet to be identified, then started to attack the victim with a piece of wood and stamped on his head.

The victim was rushed to hospital where surgeons were forced to remove one of his kidneys because it was so badly damaged by the blades.

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Following review of CCTV footage police recovered one of the knives which was used from the roof of a restaurant in Wollaton Road.

Morris and McGinley were identified and arrested.

Morris, of HMP Nottingham, was found guilty of wounding with intent and robbery following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

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McGinley, of HMP Manchester, had previously admitted wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

They were both remanded in custody on Wednesday, September 16 and will return to court for sentencing on November 13.

PC Chelsea Levers, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a truly shocking and violent incident which was witnessed by a terrified young boy.

"It's something that should never have happened and it's extremely fortunate that that the victim's injuries were not fatal.

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She continued: "Emergency services were swift to respond to this horrific incident and the thorough investigation Nottinghamshire Police carried out into this attack and subsequent convictions secured shows the lengths we will go to in order to bring violent offenders to justice.

"Nottinghamshire Police is committed to tackling knife crime, both through education and enforcement, and will investigate all reports thoroughly.

"The force takes a robust, proactive and zero tolerance approach to knife crime and will take action against anyone who carries or uses a knife."

"This appalling incident," she added, "also highlights the importance of the societal need to ensure that carrying knives never becomes acceptable.

"We will not tolerate people carrying knives in Nottinghamshire.

"We urge parents and carers to talk to their children about the dangers of carrying knives and the terrible impact that knife crime can have on them, their friends, their family and their community.

"Anyone who knows of someone who carries a knife has a chance to prevent tragedies like this by reporting their concerns."

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