THIS is the shocking moment smirking thugs joke about knifing a man in a sickening Snapchat video.
Heartless Reece Leferve, 20, laughs while covered in his victim’s blood about “jerking” – meaning stabbing – the man ten times after a fight erupted.
The yob then makes a stabbing motion with his hand as accomplice Tyler Jones, 26, says: “I think I broke my hand punching the boy.
“You’ve jerked him about 10 times in the chest piece, you mad man.”
The 34-year-old victim was left with life-threatening injuries and needed emergency surgery following the brutal attack in Hastings in November last year.
He was stabbed 12 times and also kicked and punched so savagely he was left with what appeared to be a footwear mark on his skull.
CAGED FOR 22 YEARS
Leferve and Jones fled the scene after the horror but were identified and were arrested the next day.
Officers investigating the stabbing later discovered the sickening Snapchat video.
Both thugs have now been caged for a total of 22 years at Lewes Crown Court for committing grievous bodily harm.
Student Leferve also admitted possession of a knife in public and was sentenced to 10 years’ detention in a young offender institution and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.
While factory worker Jones was caged for sentenced to 12 years after being found guilty of GBH last month.
A 19-year-old man was found not guilty of committing grievous bodily harm by the same jury and will face no further action.
LEFT TO DIE
Detective Constable Rob Mitchell-Davis, of the Hastings Investigations Team, said: “This was a vicious assault against a man who lost several pints of blood after being stabbed multiple times.
“He is extremely fortunate to be alive, given the seriousness of the offence and the severity of the injuries he sustained.
“It appears this started as a verbal altercation between the three defendants and the victim, before it escalated into a much more serious incident.
“Leferve and Jones made off from the scene without hesitation, leaving the victim fighting for his life.
“Our enquiries led to the discovery of a video Jones posted on Snapchat in the aftermath of the attack, and we were able to use this as evidence in court to secure their convictions. The behaviour they display in this video is quite appalling, and demonstrates their total disregard for the welfare of their victim.”
KNIFE CRIME EPIDEMIC
Alarming new figures released this week revealed knife crime is rising at a quicker rate in towns and cities outside London.
Figures obtained by the BBC show Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and Slough are more affected by knife crime than certain districts in the capital.
Other areas which make up the top 25 most dangerous places include Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Reading.
In London, boroughs including Westminster, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets are more rife with incidents than in leafy boroughs on the outskirts.
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Incidents are less frequent in Richmond, Sutton, Bromley, Barnet and Merton – and are now being overtaken by other British cities.
In Lancashire, knife crime has doubled in the last five years after 981 incidents were reported in 2018.
Meanwhile, knife possession in Scotland continues to increase with figures showing more than 2,300 crimes were reported in 2018.