A man who admitted to stabbing a stranger in Colchester has been jailed thanks to the hard work of Essex Police detectives.
When questioned by officers, he said that he had “started smiling” after the incident and had been “born with no regrets”.
Earlier this year, just before 1.30am on Sunday 23 May, officers patrolling Colchester town centre found a man injured outside Bodrum Kebab House in Crouch Street.
The victim, a man in his 60s, explained to officers that he had left a nightclub with a friend and while walking to the kebab shop, had been singing loudly. A group nearby had then approached them, starting a verbal argument about their singing.
During the argument, a man from the second group, 18-year-old Tyler Menzies of Walsingham Road, withdrew a knife and stabbed the victim in the chest.
He was treated in hospital, but thankfully his injuries were not considered life changing.
While waiting for medical assistance, the victim provided officers with a description of the suspect. Officers driving past St Mary’s car park noticed a man matching the description leaving the car park fire exit and arrested him within 19 minutes of the initial incident.
Officers searching the area found the knife used discarded in the multi-storey car park.
CCTV captured Menzies walking through the car park after the attack
Menzies admitted the charges of GBH with intent and possession of an offensive weapon at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 21 June.
When asked by officers if he felt any remorse, he stated “I genuinely don’t feel sorry”.
Yesterday, Tuesday 19 October, at the same court, he was sentenced to four years and four months in prison with a further five on license.
Investigating officer DC Tim Harris of Colchester CID said:
“This shouldn’t be confused with a drunken brawl - this was an exceptional and truly frightening case.
“The incident occurred as COVID-19 restrictions were being eased and people were slowly trying to enjoy the freedoms they’d previously taken for granted.
“By his own admission, Menzies had left that night armed with a weapon, looking to do harm. He had not been drinking, nor had he taken drugs before he stabbed his victim.
“This was definitely not your typical incident for officers patrolling the town centre and highlights just how quickly they can adapt to a situation.
“Within minutes, the victim was being cared for and the suspect had been arrested. Within a couple of hours, a concealed weapon had been found.
“On top of that, some of the responding officers were policing for the very first time outside of COVID-19 restrictions – they coped admirably.
“Menzies has shown a complete lack of remorse throughout the investigation. At one point during questioning, he said that he had been looking to stab or rob someone.
“Although the victim was thankfully not seriously hurt, he was left understandably traumatised by the attack and left wondering why anybody would carry a knife ‘just because’.
“Nobody should fear being hurt on a night out with their friends.”