Luke Paterson, 18, has been sentenced to nine years for two knife-point robberies in Cardiff. Paterson from Grangetown pleaded guilty to the robberies which took place in Roath and Splott last year.
In South Park Street, on Boxing Day evening 2021, a 17-year-old boy was threatened that he would be stabbed if he did not hand over his motorbike. The bike was taken and later recovered damaged.
Five months earlier, on July 20, a 21-year-old man was set upon in Clifton Street while walking to his girlfriend’s house. He was threatened with a knife for his bag. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, substantial bruising to his face and eye which continues to cause him pain.
Paterson was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, July 29 to nine years in a Young Offenders Institution.
Detective Sergeant Amanda Newman said: “Both victims and witnesses have been hugely affected by the unprovoked and violent actions of Luke Paterson. We hope this significant sentence reassures them and the wider community.”
South Wales is a safe place to live, to work and to be, but we will never be complacent, and tackling the harm that knife crime and serious violence cause is an absolute priority for South Wales Police. We urge parents, carers and teachers to speak to young people about the dangers of carrying a knife. While we know it can be difficult to speak up if you think someone is carrying a knife, by doing so you can help ensure that weapon can’t be used to cause serious injury, or worse. Our #NotTheOne campaign aims to educate young people on the dangers of carrying a knife by giving parents, teachers and community groups the tools they need to do this. To learn more visit https://www.nottheone.co.uk