13 years for murder bid student
An A-level student who launched a ferocious knife attack on his 14-year-old ex-girlfriend near her school gates has been sentenced to 13 years in youth custody.
Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Samuel Gayzer-Tomlinson disguised himself by dyeing his hair before stabbing Chloe West at least 20 times outside Ridgewood High School in Stourbridge in April.
Judge John Warner told the 18-year-old, who admitted attempted murder, that the "horrific" incident was aggravated by Chloe's young age and the fact that it happened in front of other pupils.
Gayzer-Tomlinson, of Turls Hill Road, Sedgley, West Midlands, also pleaded guilty to wounding 16-year-old Ben Hudson, who intervened during the attack.
The teenager, who was said to be "obsessed" with Chloe after she lost interest in their relationship and ignored his calls, drove to the scene in a Volkswagen Golf.
The court heard that Chloe had ended the relationship in the middle of March and told Gayzer-Tomlinson she did not want to speak to him.
Opening the facts of the case, prosecutor Hugh O'Brien-Quinn said: "The defendant was unable to take this rejection and, it seems, began to plan his revenge."
Gayzer-Tomlinson dyed his hair a "blacky blue" colour and drove to Park Road West to confront her. The student began to attack her at about 8.45am as she walked to school with friends. Witnesses to the subsequent knife attack, including a parent dropping off a child, described how Gayzer-Tomlinson punched, kicked and repeatedly stabbed Chloe.
Gayzer-Tomlinson was handed a restraining order, as well as a 12-year sentence for attempted murder, and ordered to serve a further year of detention in a Young Offenders' Institution for wounding.
But he was told that he will be released on licence after serving half of the sentences, which will run consecutively.