Man injured in stabbing outside New Walk Museum with bladed knuckleduster

The attack happened on the outside New Walk Museum
-Credit: (Image: Tom Mack)


A young man was injured in an attack by a homeless man outside New Walk Museum. Aaron Greaves was chatting with some other people on the ramp outside the city centre museum in Leicester when the victim cycled up to the group.

He asked them for a light and one of the others lit his cigarette. As he stood astride his bike, chatting and smoking, Greaves, 33, calmly walked towards him and when he was standing next to him he pulled out a knuckleduster with a sharpened point and stabbed him.

The man fled, leaving his bike behind, and later needed five stitches to his arm. Greaves, who already had 109 offences on his record, later pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a dangerous weapon.

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Leicester Crown Court heard on Thursday, May 23, that the attack, which was caught on a museum security camera that also recorded audio, seemed to have been prompted by the victim's failure to pay a sex worker after a recent sexual encounter with her.

Comments made just before the attack included someone else in the group asking the victim "have you got some money for the girls?" When he refused to pay anything one of the women in the group told him to leave and when he didn't Greaves stabbed him.

Judge Keith Raynor, sentencing Greaves, summed up the background to the attack based on the audio recording and Greaves's own admissions. He said: "The victim had some sexual service, paid for it in the first place but then taken the money back thereafter."

Describing the attack, he said: "The girl says words to the effect of 'go away' but the victim remains, sitting astride his bicycle. The defendant walks down towards the victim, thrusts the knuckleduster upwards and stabs him through his jacket."

The court heard Greaves had been jailed seven times in the past, and one of those incidents happened when his sister rushed to his house with her clothes torn, telling Greaves that her partner had attacked her. Greaves went to her house, broke in and attacked her partner, which resulted in him receiving a seven-year jail sentence in 2014.

Ahead of the latest sentencing hearing, Greaves had told a psychiatrist that during the attack outside New Walk Museum, which happened on Friday, January 12, he had a "flashback" to that incident when his sister was attacked.

James Bide-Thomas, representing Greaves, said the case resulted from the fact Greaves had spent the past 18 months either in jail or homeless. He explained that his client was banned from HMP Leicester, meaning he often found himself released from prison in an area where the local council had no obligation to find him anywhere to live.

He said his client had been released from his latest stint in Nottingham prison in Nottingham on Thursday, December 21 last year, with no food, no money, no accommodation and only seven days of his ADHD medication. He said: "He found himself with other homeless people. He found himself in a spiral.

"But when his life is stable, when he's medicated, he's much better able to control his behaviour. He would like to have a life that doesn't involve homelessness and criminality."

Judge Raynor, jailing Greaves, told him: "This was casual, gratuitous violence." He said he rejected Greaves's claim he had a flashback or that the attack was in any way caused by his ADHD or mental health problems.

He sentenced Greaves to 21 months imprisonment.