Teen public schoolboy jailed for stabbing best friend 13 times locked up again for knife possession

A public schoolboy who stabbed his best friend 13 times “for his own personal gratification” has been handed another prison sentence for knife possession.

Harry Schick, then 17, was locked up for nine years in 2010 after luring Gavin Doyle, 16, into the woods and repeatedly knifing him in the throat, lung and liver in an horrific hour-long ordeal.

Today the 24 year old, who attended £20,000-a-year Pangbourne College, in Reading, was jailed for 16 months after police caught him with three knives during a crackdown on moped crime.

He told officers he was on his way to an interview for a chef’s job, but later pleaded guilty to the charges.

In the previous attack, the Old Bailey heard that Schick took the 16-year-old’s phone and deleted any contact the two had between them. He then tossed it on the boy’s body and left him for dead.

But the wounded victim managed to call 999 and was rescued from the woods by helicopter.

Doyle spent 11 days in hospital after the brutal attack. Schick had no history of violence before the stabbing but a psychiatrist said his heavy use of cannabis may have distanced him from reality.

After being released from a young offenders’ institute in 2014, Schick was recalled to prison in 2016 after being convicted of two drink-driving offences.

After his release from an 18-month sentence, Schick has once again got into trouble with the law.

On May 9, police tried to pull him over as part of Operation Venice, a crackdown on moped crime

But he sped away on his Honda 125cc bike when he saw police, running several red lights.

He was arrested in a nearby street after crashing into another vehicle and a short foot chase. A member of the public “shoulder barged” him and knocked him to the floor to help police.

When he was searched, officers found two large knives and a lock knife on him.

Schick, of Kensington, pleaded guilty on May 9 to knife possession, failing to stop, driving without insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Sentencing, Judge Davinder Gill said: “Knife crimes are a source of great concern to everyone.

“You were found not with one but three knives.

“That is something that this court must take a serious view on.”

When found with the knives, Schick told officers he had them for job interviews as a chef.

Judge Gill said: “But you had no interviews scheduled at the time you were found.

“You have a previous conviction, that was the conviction in September 2010 for attempted murder.

“You stabbed the victim several times.

“The fact that you were found in possession of three knives puts this into focus.”

Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, prosecuting, said: “A member of the public shoulder barged him and he fell to the floor.

“He was somewhat aggressive when detained.

“He was found with two black-handled kitchen knives.

“He said the kitchen knives were in his rucksack because he was looking for work.He said the lock knife wasn’t a lock knife and he used it for fixing his bike.”

In 2016, for two offences of driving a motorbike with excess alcohol, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and disqualified from driving for three years.

Orrett Lynton, defending, said: “The previous conviction took place in 2010, eight years ago, and since he has been released there has been no possession of knives and no violent incidents.”

For each count of three counts of knife possession Schick was jailed for 16 months to run concurrently.

He was also banned from driving for three years and 10 months.


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