Man pleads guilty to GBH over Ecton Brook stabbing
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A man has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent in relation to a 2019 incident in which a man was stabbed and shot at in Northampton’s Eastern District.
Jerome McDonald, aged 32, appeared at Northampton Crown Court earlier this week in relation to the incident on July 21, 2019, in which a man was assaulted by a number of men while watching a Sunday league football match in Ecton Brook.
The victim suffered three stab wounds during the incident, which took place on a playing field off Pennycress Place. He was flown to hospital by air ambulance but was thankfully found not to be seriously injured.
A large-scale investigation was launched by Northamptonshire Police’s Northampton CID, which revealed the altercation came about as a result of ongoing tension between members of rival gangs from Wellingborough and Northampton, including McDonald.
At the beginning of what was to be a trial, McDonald pleaded guilty one count of section 18 wounding with intent, also known as grievous bodily harm, admitting he had called others to the scene knowing they would bring weapons with them.
Following his guilty plea, on Tuesday, November 2, McDonald, formerly of Pennycress Place, was remanded in custody ahead of a sentencing hearing on January 31.
Speaking after the hearing, deputy senior investigating officer Detective Sergeant Simon Manwaring said: “I’m very pleased that Jerome McDonald has finally admitted his guilt in relation to an incident which we know caused a lot of community tension at the time.
“On that Sunday morning, he saw a member of a rival gang spectating at a football match on what he perceived as his territory, and without consideration for the safety of any of those other people present, called his fellow gang members along with the sole aim of doing harm to the victim.
“His conviction is a positive conclusion to one element of our long-running investigation, and we’d encourage anyone with further information about the incident to contact us, as we’re still actively seeking justice against those others involved.
“Northamptonshire Police take a proactive approach to tackling organised crime and gang-related violence, as it is never right that the actions of a criminal few should be allowed to negatively affect our communities.”
* Two other men arrested in connection with the incident had charges against them dismissed at court.
* The investigation remains open and information about any other people involved can be shared by calling Northamptonshire Police on 101 regarding incident number 19000381601, or speaking to Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.