THREE thugs who knifed two Sheffield friends in a ‘horrific’ city centre stabbing leaving them with horrendous injuries have been warned they are facing lengthy jail terms.
Yousef Alquebai, aged 17, Reece Barnes, 18, and Sheldon Jordan, 17, were found guilty of subjecting Paul Marisson and Daniel Mace to a merciless attack on Holly Lane in June 2011.
The thugs were among a pack of eight who surrounded the friends then stabbed both men in the back as they lay on the ground curled up in the foetal position near Sheffield City Hall.
Mr Marisson sustained two stab wounds - one 12cm deep - and needed his spleen removed.
Mr Mace was stabbed seven times, puncturing both lungs.
Alquebai, of The Oval, Firth Park, Barnes, of Ferrers Road, Tinsley, and Jordan, of City Road, were found guilty of two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
There was a heavy police presence at Sheffield Crown Court as the jury returned the guilty verdicts after more than nine hours of deliberations.
Two other defendants William Maris, aged 18, and Jordan Campbell, 21, both of Downham Road, Firth Park, were acquitted by the jury.
Alquebai, Barnes and Jordan were ordered to appear in the dock in handcuffs while the verdicts were delivered.
Judge Peter Kelson QC adjourning the case for the preparation of pre-sentence reports but warned: “I have to tell you although required by law the reports are probably academic and they are probably, lamentably, a complete waste of public funds.
“You should know that you are facing sentences of many, many years - that is a certainty.”
Judge Kelson thanked the jury for their deliberations and excluded them from jury service for a decade.
He said: “The facts of this case are deeply, profoundly shocking.
“You have sat on a horrific case and I exempt all 12 of you from jury service for ten years.”