Throat slasher jailed for nine and a half years
A TEENAGER who admitted slashing a boy's throat in the city centre in broad daylight has been jailed for nine and a half years.
Dean Buddington claimed he was not the suspect who police tracked, via CCTV, after a 16-year-old lad was stabbed near St James Barton roundabout on November 1 last year, despite forensic evidence linking him to the crime.
But when DC Richard O'Brien highlighted the distinctive Chinese symbol tattoo on the suspect's neck, the 19-year-old, of Hillfields Avenue in Fishponds, changed his plea to guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He also admitted possessing two rounds of live, 9mm ammunition.
Buddington stabbed the boy on November 1 last year and his Blackberry phone had a photograph of the Post's report of the attack, published the day after, the jury heard.
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The attacker cut his victim after they rowed over a stolen cycle, and police compiled CCTV evidence which they said tracked his departure from the scene via the roundabout towards Dighton Street.
Matthew Haile, a phone forensic investigator, said Buddington was arrested in possession of two mobile phones, including a Blackberry which had a Post headline and report on the stabbing from November 2. The image had been found in a hidden folder after having been deleted.
Jacqueline Butterwick, a senior investigator for LGC Forensics, said she scrutinised CCTV footage of the alleged knifeman recovered from cameras operated by Debenhams, Bristol City Council and the Pizza Go Go food outlet.
She said a figure captured in five stills had a medium build and was wearing a dark cap, dark jacket and white-toned top. The jury heard police found matching clothes at Buddington's home, and pictures of him wearing them on his Blackberry.