THE DETECTIVE who brought a man to justice for trying to stab a teenager to death said he was capable of kindness and hard work – as well as horrific violence.
Aaron Odgers, 25, smiled as he stabbed the sleeping 16-year-old 15 times and left him in a pool of blood, the court heard.
After a six-day trial at Truro Crown Court, Odgers, of Southgate Street, Redruth, was convicted and jailed for 17 years for attempting to murder the boy and wounding his mother with intent to do her grievous bodily harm. Neither can be named for legal reasons.
He was given an extended sentence – meaning he will be monitored by the probation service until 2035 after his release from prison.
Defence barrister Ramsay Quaife told the jury Odgers could not remember that evening but the boy's mother stabbed her son – a proposition labelled as fantasy by the prosecution. Odgers was also described as a decent person who had worked at the Animal Hospital Charity Shop for three years.
He said in court that on that night he had met up with friends in Illogan, drank heavily, and remembered nothing after leaving his friend's home.
But in the early hours of June 23, Odgers let himself into the family's house through the open back door and chatted to the mother before asking to use the toilet.
The next thing she heard was her son screaming as Odgers stabbed him in the back and left arm.
Odgers came downstairs, thrusting the knife towards the mother twice, before fleeing.
The boy spent a number of days in intensive care, suffering from a punctured and collapsed lung and significant internal bleeding.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said it was "truly remarkable" Odgers did not kill his victim.
He said: "With cold-blooded ruthlessness you started to stab him.
"He woke up screaming as you tried to kill him in ... a sustained and ferocious attack."
The boy has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Judge Clark said: "From the time you left Illogan until you were sitting in a police car [you said] you did not know what you were doing.
"Oh yes you did. Not least because you were cunning enough to dispose successfully of the knife and your jacket, which was doubtless covered in the blood of your helpless victims."
No motive for the attack has been found, despite the extensive efforts of Detective Constable Jules Lewis, who said: "There is an Aaron Odgers that Mr Quaife talked about in mitigation; hardworking, an outwardly calm and kindly person and then there is another Aaron Odgers that is capable of unprovoked horrific violence."
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