Two teenagers have today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to the stabbing of father and son Martin and Edward Thompson.

Martin (53) and Edward (18) were attacked outside their home in West Heath back in May after attempting to protect a terrified youth who knocked on their door after being chased by other teenagers. Both received serious stab wounds, with St Thomas Aquinas pupil Edward being admitted to intensive care.

Carl Johnson

At the sentencing Carl Johnson, 18, from Ladywood, was handed an indeterminate custodial sentence for wounding and causing grievous bodily harm. He is to serve at least five and half years.

A 15-year-old boy from Northfield received a supervision order for affray.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Martin Hurcomb, from the Force Criminal Investigation department, said: “I’d like to acknowledge the bravery of both Martin and his son Edward in selflessly going to try and intervene in a disturbance within their community. They sustained serious injuries as a result and I’m thankful that they’ve both have both now made full recoveries.

“Johnson has been sentenced to 11 years imprisonment and will serve a minimum of five-and-a-half years in jail – he will only be released once the authorities deem he has been rehabilitated and is no longer a threat to the community.

“I’d like to recognise the efforts of the investigation team to bringing those people involved to justice and helping to provide some closure for Martin and Edward.”

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