Can of Pop helps police snare teen who stabbed a bus passenger for ‘staring at him’

A fizzy drinks can has helped police snare a teenager who stabbed a passenger on board a bus last year.

Violence flared after the defendant, aged 17 and who cannot be named for legal reasons, accused a passenger on the number 5 bus of staring at him on 8 November.

The teen launched into an attack and stabbed the 16-year-old passenger once in the chest. The blade plunged into his lung, narrowly missing his heart.

Quick thinking members of the public performed first aid until paramedics arrived.

Although police rushed to Kings Road, Kingstanding, the defendant had already fled the scene. But he was snared by a can of Pop he’d sipped from and left on one of the seats shortly before carrying out the attack.

Traces of DNA from the can were directly matched to the teenager who was wanted for several other offences. He later handed himself into police.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (22/03), he was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to wounding and possession of a knife.

Birmingham Crown Court

Detective Constable Andrew Moore said: “The level of violence used is as extreme as it is worrying, in my mind the offender had no regard for the victim’s life. Behaviour like this is totally unacceptable and has no place in our society.

“The victim suffered a punctured lung and required emergency surgery. Although he has since made a full physical recovery he is still dealing with the psychological effects of the attack and I hope that this sentence brings him some peace of mind.”

The ruling comes as The Home Office launched a new, national campaign to reduce knife crime.

By using real-life stories of young people who made the decision not to carry knives, the #knifefree campaign aims to highlight the consequences of carrying a knife and to inspire young people to pursue positive alternatives. More information about the campaign can be found at

Anyone who suspects someone may carry a knife is urged to call West Midlands Police in confidence on 101 or Crimestoppers so officers can take action.