by Rachel Ogbu

Valentine Cannings (Photos: DailyMail)

Valentine Cannings (Photos: DailyMail)

22-year-old Valentine Cannings has been jailed for  seven years after evidence that he attacked  17-year-old Kevin Linongi with a knife outside Bournville  College’s campus in Longbridge Lane, Birmingham was undisputed.

The crime which happened in October 2012 shocked people even more when recently a CCTV footage showed the live moment Cannings plunged the knife into his classmate’s stomach and left him bleeding to death  because he  claimed Linongi had given him a suspicious glance.

On Friday, Cannings was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to purposely injuring and possession of an offensive weapon. Luckily, his victim was rushed to the emergency but he has been living in fear, terrified to leave his house since the incident.
According to reports; the video show Cannings wearing black clothing and a baseball cap, viciously stabbing  Linongi, who collapses in the street and Cannings, is seen running away from the  scene.

Soon afterwards, college security staff  are seen rushing to help the IT student as Cannings screams at another student with  his knife, who tried to stop him.

Speaking in his defence, Elroy Claxton said: ‘He  felt threatened by the number of people around him. He thought one of them had a  knife, which might have been a comb.’

Valentine Cannings (pictured right) viciously stabs his victim with a large, Gurkha-style hunting knife outside his college in Birmingham (DailyMail)

Valentine Cannings (pictured right) viciously stabs his victim with a large, Gurkha-style hunting knife outside his college in Birmingham
(DailyMail)

But police had found a large  Gurkha-style hunting knife in a protective sheath when they had searched his house the day o the crime and Detective Constable Paul from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “This  was an unprovoked attack on a young lad who miraculously survived his very  serious injury. I hope that today’s sentence acts as some  comfort to the victim, his family and friends as well as sending a very strong  message to others that knife crime is not tolerated in the West  Midlands.”

As Cannings received his sentencing, Recorder Nicholas  Dean QC said the teenager was scared for life both mentally and physically. “You had in your possession a  weapon. You used it just once, but the consequences  were almost devastating to Mr Linongi, who received a deep stab wound to the  abdomen. He suffered severe loss of blood and damage  to internal body structure. He was in intensive care for two days and in  hospital for two weeks. There have been serious medical consequences for him,  from which he is only just recovering,” he said.

Bournville College's campus (DailyMail)

Bournville College’s campus (DailyMail)

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