Sex offender Tony Comerford jailed for stabbing girl
A sex offender who repeatedly stabbed a teenage girl in her neck and chest has been jailed for 30 years.
Tony Comerford attacked the 16-year-old at a property in Kitts Green in Birmingham on 29 September 2015.
After his arrest, police discovered the 42-year-old had committed several sex offences, some against children.
Comerford, who admitted attempted murder, was ordered to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday.
He was also convicted after a trial of rape and raping a girl under the age of 13, but pleaded guilty to:
- two charges of sexual assault on a child
- three other sexual assault charges
- attempted murder
- production of cannabis and possession of a class B drug with intent to supply
Charges of arson with intent to endanger life were previously dropped by the prosecution.
Comerford, of St Giles Road, Kitts Green, was taken to hospital with minor injuries after stabbing the girl before being questioned by officers.
Det Con Vicki Harris, from the force's Public Protection Unit, said: "This was a nasty case where a teenager suffered multiple stab wounds including the neck, chest and leg.
"It is not just the physical but the mental impact of the injuries which the victim is still having to recover from.
"Following a further investigation we discovered he was involved in a series of sex crimes. These can haunt survivors for a long time after the offences and we take all reports extremely seriously."
Comerford will have to sign the sex offenders' register.