September 30th, 2016

Man in hospital after being stabbed at Skydome

Updated: 4:28 pm, May 07, 2015

A MAN was stabbed after a fight broke out at the Skydome early on Sunday morning.

The victim is in hospital after being stabbed in the shoulder – which doctors later found had punctured a lung – and suffering other slash injuries at 3.40am.

Last night (Sunday) police charged 21-year-old Lionel Sop, of George Hodgkinson Close in Tile Hill, with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

It had been feared the stabbed man’s injuries could be life threatening but his condition has improved.

The 29-year-old, who is local to the area, is described as being in a stable condition.

Sop appeared before Coventry magistrates this morning where he was remanded into prison ahead of his next appearance at the city’s Crown Court on December 11.

A 19-year-old man of no fixed address has also been bailed pending further enquiries with conditions to report daily to a police station and not to enter Coventry city centre.

Investigating officer, Acting Detective Sergeant Steve Holden, branded it a very serious assault.

“The injured man has a punctured lung and a deep slash below an ear that has resulted in nerve damage.

“These could have been fatal injuries so in a way the man has had a lucky escape.

“Officers responded quickly to arrest two men near the scene of the stabbing and recover a knife and clothing that had been discarded.”

He added: “Lots of people were in the concourse at the time of the fight with clubbers heading home after a night out so there are potentially many witnesses out there. I’d urge anyone who saw what happened, or saw men fleeing the location shortly afterwards, to call us immediately.”

Parts of the walkway were sealed off yesterday while forensics experts scoured the location for clues and DNA evidence.

Police believe one of the offenders was wearing a distinctive black puffer jacket at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information is urged to call Det Sgt Holden at Willenhall police station on the 101 number or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

An earlier version of this article reported police comments that the incident had taken place outside Carters. We have since been told this is incorrect.

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