We are welcoming the sentencing of a Kensington man to 13 years in prison (and a further four years on extended licence) for the slashing of a man in Liverpool City Centre last December, 2018.
27-year-old Oliver Sayonas of Freehold Street was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court today (Thursday 25 July).
At around 1.35am on Saturday, December 22, emergency services were called to Soho Bar in Concert Square to reports that a man in his 20s had been slashed following an altercation inside the bar. He was taken to hospital and required surgery for serious injuries to his face and neck.
Sayonas was arrested close to the scene by officers, with the assistance of door staff at the premises.
Detective Constable Glyn Jopson said: "This was a brutal attack which could have so easily proved fatal, and we are pleased today that Sayonas, a dangerous man, has been dealt with robustly by the courts and will be removed from the streets for a very long time.
"I want to put on record our thanks to the door staff at the location for their assistance, and members of the public who viewed and shared our CCTV appeal.
"Anyone who carries or uses weapons is not only risking those victims, but increasing their own chances of becoming a victim.
"The devastation that knife crime causes is plain to see, and the victim in this case suffered serious injuries and is still dealing with the long-lasting effects.
"He has chose to articulate his feelings in a poem, which we would like to share on his behalf, and hope that it acts as a poignant and powerful deterrent to anyone considering carrying weapons for whatever reason."
"People need to think about the consequences in life,
What concerns me most is the carrying a knife,
You say you need protection to keep you safe,
But you are adding to the problem, open your eyes and see,
Things have changed since I was young,
I didn't carry knives and call it fun,
These weapons are deadly, they are not a toy, think of the families are lives you've destroyed,
I been in that position, my life was saved, all because I was stabbed with a knife,
It's not only the victims you destroyed on that day, it affects people in different ways,
The media have made it a blaming game, but the ones carrying knives should hang their head in shame,
They needed to be educated that it is not right, definitely tougher consequences for carrying knives,
Problems are not solved by pointing the blame,
People are dying,
THIS IS NOT A GAME."
Anyone with information on the storage and use of weapons is urged to contact 999 if a crime is in progress, or pass information via @MerPolCC or CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111. #OpTarget