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Four jailed over "pre-planned" Oswestry stab attack

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Image caption A man was found with stab wounds in Castlefields, Oswestry, on 23 January

Four men have been jailed following a "pre-planned and orchestrated attack" in which a man was stabbed and left needing life-saving surgery.

It happened in Oswestry, Shropshire, in January last year.

Arsene Cubaka, 24, Nathan McCarthy, 23, and Telmo Bernardo, 19, admitted GBH. Luke Cross, 23, was convicted of threats to kill and threats to cause criminal damage after a trial.

They were sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on 9 January.

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Image caption Arsene Cubaka was jailed for eight years

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The court heard that at around 20:00 GMT on 23 January 2016, police were called to reports that a man in his 40s had been stabbed at an address in Castlefields, Oswestry.

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Image caption Telmo Bernardo admitted GBH
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Image caption Nathan McCarthy was jailed for 30 months

In the following days and weeks, the four men were arrested and remanded in custody.

Police said inquiries, including analysis of mobile phones, established that they had been in contact with each other and had worked together to carry out the attack.

Those convicted are:

  • Arsene Cubaka, 24, of Somerton Court, Birmingham, admitted GBH and was jailed for eight years
  • Nathan McCarthy, 23, of Abdon Avenue, Birmingham, admitted GBH and was jailed for 30 months
  • Telmo Bernardo, 19, of Glan Gors, Wrexham, admitted GBH and was jailed for 30 months
  • Luke Cross, 23, of Mount View, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was convicted of threats to kill and threats to cause criminal damage and was sentenced to two years in prison for each offence, to run concurrently
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Image caption Luke Cross was also jailed for his part in the attack

Det Insp Mark Bellamy from West Mercia Police described it as a "pre-planned and orchestrated attack".

"The victim required life-saving surgery and was extremely fortunate that the stabbing did not fatally wound him," he said.

"I hope that the sentences given to these four men enable him to begin the process of moving on with his life following this ordeal."

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