Teen knifeman’s ‘explosion of violence’ in club left victim with severe injuries

A teenage knifeman left an innocent clubber with “the most horrific injuries” when he began a razor attack during a violent explosion.

Alex Jones, 19, was handed a jail term of ten years and four months for slashing victim Jake Pickstock at a club in August 2020.

Prosecutor Rebecca Wright told Mold Crown Court how Jones had been drinking a combination of tequila, whisky and lager in the One47 club in Llandudno, Wales, to a point where he described himself as being a “10 out of 10 drunk”, reports North Wales Live.

Mr Pickstock, 24, had been enjoying a night out in the venue just weeks after the Welsh Government allowed nightclubs to reopen their doors to the public.

Mr Pickstock was attacked just after 3am and the incident was captured on CCTV and played out in court as Jones watched on via a video-link from prison.

The footage shows Mr Pickstock sitting alone in a seating area of the venue in a booth next to where Jones was sitting.

The court went on to see the two men meet and lean into a chat where Jones revealed his weapon to Mr Pickstock.

Jake Pickstock shared photos of his horrific injuries which were sustained after the Club 147 attack
Jake Pickstock shared photos of his horrific injuries which were sustained after the Club 147 attack
(Image: Jake Pickstock)

The court was told that Jones then grabbed hold of his victim before slashing his throat and face before “calmly walking away”.

Mr Pickstock was left bleeding and in disbelief before he received “life-saving” first aid at Club One47. He was later taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd where he needed dozens of stitches.

Outside the club, Jones tried to dispose the blade in a nearby recycling bin, and was detained by nightclub staff and then arrested, the court was told.

He declined to comment in police interviews that night.

Jones admitted wounding with intent at an earlier hearing.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said the photographs of injuries in this case were some of “the most horrific injuries” he’s ever had to look at.

“It’s a great testament to everyone concerned in the treatment of the victim that he is with us as well as can be expected today,” he added.

The court heard that Mr Pickstock was not only left with life-long physical scars – but has also remains mentally scarred by the attack.

A victim impact statement read out in court from Mr Pickstock simply posed that if he were to face Jones again he would ask just one question – “Why me?”.

In June 2020 Jones was sentenced to 26 weeks for being found in possession of a knife at a party and then punching a custody sergeant upon his arrest.

Club One47 in Llandudno
Club One47 in Llandudno
(Image: Hadyn Iball/North Wales Live)

Owen Edwards, for Jones, acknowledged that it was an incredibly serious case involving a man who has “well and truly blew his last chance”.

He asked the court to consider Jones’ age when passing sentence and added his “limited level of maturity” was not helped by his youth.

However, the judge said he felt there was no alternative for such a horrifying attack other than prison.

Sentencing Jones to a total of 10 years and four months behind bars, Judge Rowlands said that: “In drink, you took a cut throat razor into a nightclub at Llandudno.

Judge Rowlands said that carrying this weapon was simply to “big yourself up”, adding that Jones was more than conformable with using it.

He continued by saying this was a “cowardly and brutal attack” carried out with an “explosion of violence”.

Alex Jones, 19, of Llwyn Estyn, Deganwy, leaving Llandudno Magistrates Court
Alex Jones, 19, of Llwyn Estyn, Deganwy, leaving Llandudno Magistrates Court
(Image: David Powell)

The judge added: “Your victim did absolutely nothing to deserve being on the end of this attack. It was just his misfortune to come across you that night.

“The weapon you chose to carry was fearsome and capable of inflicting some of the most horrendous wounds. You were caught on CCTV also seemingly showing off the weapon just moments before this attack too.”

Judge Rowlands added his praise to those involved in saving Mr Pickstock’s life that night, calling them “heroes that were just doing their jobs”.

Speaking after sentencing, Detective Constable Richard Owens said:

“We will not tolerate violent behaviour in our community and those caught will be dealt with robustly.

“This horrific attack that took place in Llandudno earlier this year shows that through the nature of offences involving dangerous weapons, it only takes a single act to cause serious harm and injury.”

Anyone worried about someone carrying a weapon or wants to talk to someone about knife crime can contact police on 101, or via the live webchat.

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