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'Mistaken identity' attacker jailed for attempted murder

Credit: Dorset Police

A man has been jailed for attempted murder after attacking another man in Bournemouth.

CCTV shows 60-year-old Kevin Boyle approaching his victim at a cashpoint on Old Christchurch Road in August last year, before attacking him with a knife in a case of mistaken identity. The victim needed 49 stitches for the 23 centimetre-long wound to his neck.

Boyle’s victim, an 18-year-old student, had been out celebrating his A level results, and had not been not involved in an earlier incident with Boyle outside a bar.

Boyle was found guilty following a trial at Winchester Crown Court and jailed for 21 years. He will also spend an additional five years on licence upon release.

The incidents were caught on CCTV:

The violent actions of Kevin Boyle in the early hours of 18 August 2017 could so easily have resulted in the tragic death of an innocent young man.

The attack will have a long lasting impact on his victim and I hope the sentence imposed demonstrates that this shocking level of violence will not be tolerated.

I would like to praise the victim and all the witnesses who came forward for their support during the investigation and the courage they showed giving evidence during the trial.

Through extensive CCTV enquiries and other investigative work we were able to identify Boyle as the culprit and compile enough evidence to bring him to justice for this horrific offence. I would like to thank all my fellow officers and colleagues who assisted in the investigation.”

– Detective Constable Chris Griffin, Bournemouth CID