Chelmsford man given extended sentence over unprovoked Maldon stabbing

A CHELMSFORD man will spend more than four years behind bars after stabbing another man in the head.

Joshua Goodchild, 19, of New Writtle Street, stabbed a 19-year-old man in the side of the head in an alleyway in Maldon in April.

The victim was walking through the alleyway, between Fitch’s Mews and Fitch’s Crescent, with friends when Goodchild appeared, brandishing a kitchen knife.

Before stabbing the victim, he asked the group, “Who wants to get dipped first?”

The victim suffered a single deep cut to the side of his forehead, which had to be glued back together.

After inflicting the wound, Goodchild ran off.

He pleaded guilty to the attack in September, at Chelmsford Crown Court, and was last week sentenced at the same court.

He was given and eight-and-a-half-year ‘extended sentence’. The sentence means he will spend four-and-a-half years in prison, then a further four on extended licence.

If he is found to have offended during those four years, he will be sent back to prison to serve the remainder of the sentence.

Investigating officer DC Claire Hicks said: “Joshua Goodchild is a dangerous perpetrator who has refused to accept that there is anything fundamentally wrong with his behaviour.

“He attacked his victim with a knife in front of other impressionable young people, including a 14-year-old child.

“This was an unprovoked attack which could have left the victim with really serious injuries.

“Goodchild will now spend a significant amount of time in prison and Essex will be a safer place for that.

“I want to praise the courage of the victim and thank the members of the public who went to his aid.”

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Charles Thomson

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