A TEENAGER was knifed in a 'revenge attack' in one of Bournemouth's most notorious streets for crime – less than 18 months after he lost three teeth in a brawl outside a nightclub.

The victim was just 17 when he was punched by a man wearing a knuckleduster outside Truth nightclub on December 16 2017.

On April 14 this year, the teen was in a queue outside Camel in Old Christchurch Road when he was spotted by Anthony Allen, who had been involved in the row outside Truth.

Allen and the victim were captured on the club's CCTV cameras shouting at each other before Allen, who was with a group of male friends, suddenly threw a punch.

At the same time, Billy Haynes – a friend of Allen's who was not involved in the initial dispute – lunged towards the victim's face. Visible in his hand was a small knife.

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Billy Haynes

Haynes missed the initial blow as the victim reeled away, but quickly lashed out again, catching the younger man under the arm.

The victim was unaware he was hurt, and stayed out dancing with friends until the early hours of the morning. However, it was then spotted that he'd suffered a stab wound.

He was rushed to hospital. Despite initial concern for his condition, doctors found he had not been seriously hurt.

Haynes, 24 and of no fixed abode, has now been sentenced to four years in prison after admitted wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place.

Tom Wright, prosecuting Haynes at Bournemouth Crown Court, said Allen was convicted of a common assault in connection with the Truth attack.

"Revenge is plainly the impetus," he said.

"A split second sooner or later, this could have resulted in a fatal injury."

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Judge Ben Compton QC said Haynes was "out of [the dispute]" and "at the back" of the group of Allen's friends. Haynes' decision to lash out with the blade was for "reasons for complete madness", the judge said.

"That's the mischief. You took the knife out. It wasn't your problem," he told Haynes.

"A punch was thrown at the victim and you produced a knife."

The defendant must "pay the consequences" for using the blade, the judge said.

"You will understand I have a duty to the public as well as to you," he added.

Haynes quietly said: "I understand.

"Thank you, your honour."

Allen, 27 and of Stour Road, Christchurch, admitted assaulting the victim by beating him during an appearance at Poole Magistrates' Court in May. He was sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge, under which he was ordered to pay the victim £50 compensation.

A restraining order was made until November 2020.