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Stabber locked up following Mansfield petrol station assault

William Tynch

A knifeman stabbed someone in the back during an unprovoked assault at a petrol station.

William Tynch was hanging around outside the garage when someone he was with became involved in an argument.

At that point, the 21-year-old stood in the background as his associate repeatedly harassed the man that Tynch would go on to stab.

This went on for a short while until the victim pushed the other man, causing him to fall over outside the petrol station in Rosemary Street, Mansfield.  

The situation then seemed to be resolving itself, until Tynch decided to get involved in the incident on 13 August 2023.

With the 32-year-old victim’s back turned, Tynch silently walked up behind him and pulled a kitchen knife from his pocket.

He then proceeded to stab the man once in the back – causing injuries that required hospital treatment but weren’t ultimately life-altering.

Following the assault, Tynch immediately ran away from the scene – tripping over in the middle of the station’s forecourt as he did so.

Police would quickly track him down to a nearby property in Rosemary Street, where he was quickly identified by the distinctive tattoos on his face.

The knife he used in the attack was also discovered by officers following a search around the entrance of the address.

Tynch, of Rise Park, would go on to be charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.  

Having pleaded guilty to the charges, he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (31 October).

Tynch was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for the stabbing and an additional 146 days for carrying the knife.  

Detective Constable Bethany Sumner, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Tynch’s actions that night were cowardly in the extreme and left his victim in hospital with injuries that thankfully weren’t far more serious.

“He must have known how much harm he could cause by deciding to use the weapon he was carrying, but he still went ahead and did it anyway.  

“Carrying a knife – and certainly using a knife – are both incredibly serious offences that deserve to be met with severe punishment.

“That decision can lead to devastating consequences for everyone involved, not to mention their family and friends.

“There is absolutely no place for this type of behaviour in our society, so we’re pleased to see Tynch has now been locked up for his actions." 

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