Jersey teenager found guilty of attempted murder after 'frenzied' stabbing attack

The attack took place near Le Geyt Flats in St Saviour. Credit: ITV Channel TV

A 19-year-old man has been found guilty of attempted murder for his part in a stabbing that left a teenager fighting for his life in hospital.

Alex Diogo Franca De Jesus attacked the 18-year-old victim during a meeting in the Le Geyt estate in St Saviour on 9 January 2022.

He was convicted by a jury on Friday (17 March 2023) following a two-week trial at Jersey's Royal Court.

Jayden James Martin Howard, aged 18, had already pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and was therefore not part of the trial.

Two 17-year-old teenagers, who cannot be named due to their age, were found not guilty of grave and criminal assault and affray.

The jury heard that De Jesus owed the victim money for drugs and had arranged to meet him at the estate on the pretext of handing over the payment.

However, after the victim arrived, De Jesus and Howard attempted to murder him.

The victim suffered 23 stab wounds and was airlifted to Southampton Hospital for surgery to remove the end of a blade that was lodged in his spine.

Detective Constable Joao Carvalho, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: "This was a vicious attack, which left the victim with life-changing injuries.

"It's been a long and complex investigation, but we hope this conviction sends out a strong message to anyone thinking of carrying a knife and we hope that the victim can find some solace from today's verdict whilst he continues to recover from his injuries."

De Jesus and Howard will be sentenced at a later date.