Words: Steve Brown
A teenager has been jailed for attempting to slit the throat of a man he met on Grindr.
Chad Gurney, 19, arranged to meet his victim in a park near Alyestone Leisure Centre, in Leicester, last year after speaking on the hook-up app.
However, when they met, Gurney attempted to stab his victim with a pair of scissors but only inflicted minor injuries. But Gurney continued and stabbed him a second time.
Luckily the man managed to escape.
Police raided his home after he handed himself in and they found a notepad detailing how he planned to murder his victim as well as a diary revealing he wanted to kill somebody.
Back in February, a jury heard that he listed eight ways he planned to attack his victim including one where he slit the man’s throat with a pair of scissors.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “When being interviewed by officers Gurney also admitted he had twice made plans to kill somebody.
“On one occasion he followed someone over a bridge and was going to attack him from behind but was unable to go through with it.
“The second time he planned to lure someone to a disused building, but the person never showed up to the location.
“In the Gurney’s diary he also talked about having already murdered someone but when questioned told officers this was a lie.
“Officers have conducted preliminary searches in relation to this which have proven negative.”
Gurney was jailed for 13 years yesterday (April 29) with five on licence after his release.