Hatfield man guilty of GBH with intent following stabbing in which 'victim was lucky to be alive after attack'
PUBLISHED: 11:22 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 July 2017
A Hatfield man has been found guilty of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent after a stabbing in which the victim was left with life-changing injuries.
Joseph Sharkey, 18, of Hatfield, was arrested on January 5.
The arrest was made following a proactive police investigation into an incident on the evening of January 3 where a 21-year-old man sustained stab wounds in Oak Tree Close, Hatfield.
The man sustained life-changing injuries.
Sharkey was charged with the offence on January 5 and remanded into custody.
He was found guilty of Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, June 27.
He is next due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on July 14 for sentencing.
Detective Constable Mark Cotte, from Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Crime Unit, led this investigation.
He said: “I am pleased with the outcome of this trial due to the severity of the injuries which were inflicted on his victim.
“The victim was lucky to be alive after the attack.
“We will not tolerate such violence in Welwyn Hatfield and will do all we can to bring anyone responsible to justice.
“We will now await the outcome of the sentencing on July 14.”
•An 18-year-old woman from Welwyn Garden City and a 19-year-old woman from Hatfield were arrested in connection with this incident on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious assault on January 4.
They also appeared at St Albans Crown Court on June 27 as part of this trial and were both found not guilty.