The baby-faced monkey dust dealer who was just 16 when he stabbed a man in horrific Stoke-on-Trent street attack – now he’s been locked up for 8 years


Teenage drug dealer Gavin Donohoe has been jailed after he stabbed a man, injured a woman who tried to stop the attack and robbed a petrol station.

The 18-year-old was aged 16 when he  knifed his victim in Fenton leaving him needing hospital treatment for a punctured lung.

And he also hurt a brave woman who tried to intervene.

A year later, he was searched in Fenton and police recovered 32 wraps of heroin and £60 worth of monkey dust.

While on bail he robbed an Esso Garage in Anchor Road, Longton, stealing £200 worth of cigarettes and tobacco and causing £1,000 damage.

And police executed a drugs warrant at an address in Fenton and found the defendant with £565 cash and £260 worth of crack cocaine.

Now Donohoe has been sentenced to eight years detention in a young offenders’ institution.

Gavin Donohoe

Prosecutor Katie Fox told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court the defendant became involved in a disturbance in Carron Street, Fenton, on October 27, 2018.

Ms Fox said: “He pulled out a knife with a six to eight inch blade and was seen to stab a man. The victim ran off up the road.

“A neighbour saw an unknown man kicking the victim and the defendant was stabbing him.

“A number of other people were present. A passer-by heard the defendant say, ‘I am going to kill you’, as he punched downwards on the person.

“A woman tried to grab the defendant but he swung the knife at her arm.

“A paramedic approached and the defendant shouted to her, ‘Do you want some’?”

A man was taken to hospital with stab wounds following an incident in Carron Street, Fenton

The victim suffered a punctured left lung and spent four days in hospital and needed a chest drain. He also had a stab wound to his right side and a cut to his leg.

The court heard the defendant was convicted of assaulting an emergency worker following his arrest in August 2019.

Police detained the defendant in Fenton at 6pm on October 22. He was found in possession of 32 wraps of heroin worth £320 and £60 worth of monkey dust. He had two phones which both contained messages linking him to the supply of drugs and £76 cash.

Just after midnight on December 21 the defendant was drunk when he and a girl went into an Esso Garage in Adderley Green and asked for cigarettes.

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Ms Fox said: “He was only 17 and was asked for ID. He realised he was not going to be allowed to make a purchase so he tried to leave without paying for a bottle of lemonade. The worker activated the door lock so he could not leave.

“The defendant went behind the counter, reached in the cigarette cabinet and helped himself to packets of cigarettes and tobacco.

“The shop worker went to call the police. The defendant said, ‘I will rob everything, I do not care, call the police’.

“He kicked at the shop door before going back to the counter. He assaulted the two members of staff. Having got the staff in the store room, he picked up goods from the cigarette display before pushing over a large cabinet. He stole £200 worth of cigarettes and caused £1,000 worth of damage.”

The victims found the incident very traumatic.

The defendant left some keys at the scene and was arrested later that morning.

 Ms Fox said: “He was immediately aggressive. He threatened to spit in an officer’s face and said he had Aids. Two officers took him to the ground.

“In custody he became aggressive, grabbed a computer monitor and ripped it from the wall, held it over his head and threw it at the door.”

The defendant was bailed. He was next arrested at 5.30pm on January 31 when officers executed a search warrant at a house in Foley Street, Fenton.

Ms Fox said: “The defendant was surrounded by drugs paraphernalia and nine wraps of crack cocaine. He had £545 in his pocket.”

Donohoe, of King Street, Fenton, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; wounding; possession of a bladed article; possession of a class A drug with intent to supply; possession of a class B drug with intent to supply; robbery, criminal damage; assaulting an emergency worker; and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Jason Holt, mitigating, said the stabbing was a ‘significant overreaction’ as the defendant believed his sister was at risk of harm.

He said the defendant was being directed by another to deal drugs and it was not his own operation.

Mr Holt said the defendant has had a traumatic childhood and went to live with his aunt when his mum died. His aunt was a monkey dust user and he became a runner to pay off her drug debts.

He added that the defendant has been locked up for 23.5 hours a day during the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Paul Glenn commended the bravery of the woman who tried to stop the defendant stabbing his victim and rewarded her with £300 from public funds.

'Evasive' Kevin McGuiness threatened pub door staff with a knife after being ejected for aggressive behaviour.
As he was being removed, McGuiness mumbled 'I am going to kill you' to the door staff before later returning with a knife he claimed was from a fishing trip.
McGuiness, aged 36, of St Aidens Street in Tunstall, was later arrested and pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on December 5 2017 to threatening behaviour with intent, possession of a knife in a public place and theft from a motor vehicle.
Judge Paul Glenn sentenced McGuiness to 13 months imprisonment

He said: “You stabbed your victim to his upper body and leg. That assault could very well have had much more serious consequences.

“The woman came out and restrained you. It was remarkably brave and public-spirited conduct. You swung the knife at her and caused her two significant and unpleasant injuries to her left arm.”

Donohoe will serve two thirds of the sentence with the rest on licence.





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