Police have released a statement following the sentence of Cameron Cleland who stabbed a girl in the throat with a penknife and tried to strangle her.
"This was a horrendous offence during which a young victim suffered extreme violence at the hands of a young individual. Our gratitude goes to the female witness who happened to be walking her dog at the time. She disturbed the offender and had it not been for her, the consequences could have been much worse."
An 'A' star pupil who tried to murder a 12 year old girl because she spurned his advances has been jailed for life. 16 year old Cameron Cleland practised the attack in front of his bedroom mirror before pulling on surgical gloves and stabbing his victim in the throat with a blunt pen knife.
He was strangling her at a remote spot near Ben Rhydding in West Yorkshire when he was disturbed by a woman walking her dog. The girl escaped and Cleland, who admitted attempted murder at Bradford Crown Court, was arrested. He was told he will spend at least seven years behind bars.
Police have released a picture of the schoolboy who tried to kill a 12-year-old girl he was infatuated with has been sentenced to life in prison. Cameron Cleland stabbed the girl in the throat with a penknife and tried to strangle her.
A schoolboy who tried to kill a 12-year-old girl he was infatuated with has been sentenced to life in prison. Cameron Cleland stabbed the girl in the throat with a penknife and tried to strangle her after luring her to a meeting at a secluded place at Ben Rhydding in West Yorkshire. More to follow.
The 28-year-old man arrested by police in York on Sunday 16 December 2012, on suspicion of the attempted murder of a 27-year-old local woman has been charged in connection with the incident.
Michael Bennison has been charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of possessing an offensive weapon. He is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 18 December 2012. The 27-year-old woman has been discharged from hospital.
A 29-year-old local woman who was arrested at the same address as Bennison, on Sunday 16 December 2012, on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on police bail.