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Boy and man in court after attacking teenager with a hammer in Warwick





A BOY and a man spent days tracking down a teenager in Warwick before attacking him with a hammer and pulling out a knife.

Warwick Crown Court heard how the pair told friends of the victim – a 16-year-old boy – that they were looking for the him so they could stab him.

A video of this conversation was later posted online.

Jake Coop, 19, from Leamington, hit his victim with a hammer. Photo: Warwickshire Police
Jake Coop, 19, from Leamington, hit his victim with a hammer. Photo: Warwickshire Police

Jake Coop, 19, of River Close, Leamington, and a 16-year-old boy who can’t be named for legal reasons, carried out the attack on the afternoon of 16th September.

The victim and his friends were walking along Tapping Way when they were confronted by the two defendants. During the altercation Coop struck the victim about the head with a hammer.

The 16-year-old defendant drew a large Rambo knife and chased one of the victim’s friends.

The two defendants fled on push bikes after members of the public saw what was happening.

A short time later the victim collapsed and began to fit in Coton End and his friends called an ambulance. He was taken to hospital where he was placed into an induced coma. Fortunately, a CT scan showed no serious damage to his brain.

The 16-year-old was arrested in the early hours of the following morning at his home.

Later that day Coop was arrested after handing himself in at Leamington Police Station. He was given a five-year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court found him guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

The 16-year-old, from Rugby, was given a four-year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to possession of a bladed article. The court found him guilty of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Det Con Mark Lowndes from Warwickshire Police CID said: “This was a violent attack that left the victim with potential serious injuries and fearing for his life. Thankfully the victim did not suffer brain damage.

“These types of attacks with weapons always have the potential to result in tragedy and we will always take them seriously and investigate thoroughly.”



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