Birmingham Bullring ambush victim ‘was a good college boy’ before brutal attack

A Birmingham city center stabbing victim attacked in a brutal 15-to-one ambush has spoken of the moment he was attacked in front of horrified onlookers outside the choir arena and the “joke” sentence that followed. Aged just 17, he was punched, kicked and knifed, the blade narrowly missing his spine.

However, three of the thugs involved, convicted of offenses as serious as GBH and gun possession, are “free to roam” the streets after avoiding jail at Birmingham Crown Court. The victim was “lucky to survive” the attack, he was told, but after being left traumatized and crippled by the ordeal, he says his dreams for the future have been shattered.

“I can’t even walk, I walk for five minutes and my back hurts, I can’t sit, I can’t stand, I can’t do anything,” the 21-year-old victim told BirminghamLive. “I wanted to be a boxer, it ruined my whole career. It was my dream and it changed me where I was so good, I never got angry, I was going to college and minding my own business.

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“I tried to go back to boxing and the trainer hit me on the back once like a press, and I fell to the floor and he said, ‘I’m sorry son, you can’t do it anymore, your body can do it. don’t take it

“As soon as I’m touched, touched anywhere near my stab wound, I just go crazy because it hurts so much. Every time someone touches it, it’s like someone stabs me again.”

Last month, when sentencing came for a trio involved in the attack, Awais Ali Wastti Khan admitted causing GBH without intent, having an article with a blade or point, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing a disguised firearm . The 22-year-old, from Kingstanding, was armed with a Taser disguised as a flashlight, two police batons, a folding knife with a 6cm blade and a black folding knife.

He received a two-year prison sentence – suspended for two years, meaning he will serve no jail time for the offenses unless he commits another offense during that time.