Leon McTaggart caught on CCTV fleeing the chip shop
A knifeman who repeatedly stabbed a Birmingham take-away owner for forgetting his regular chips order has been convicted of grievous bodily harm.
Leon McTaggart was found with a lock-knife in his sock when he was arrested for knifing the boss of Simply Fish & Chips in Hagley Road West, Quinton, leaving the victim in a coma.
He was traced by a tip-off from a member of the public who identified him from CCTV footage published by West Midlands Police.
The force said McTaggart, 29, flew into a rage on November 7 last year when he asked for his usual order and the owner failed to recall what he had bought earlier that week.
He kicked out at the shop door, breaking a glass pane, and stabbed the 51-year-old five times in the arm, chest and back when he confronted the thug over the damage.
The victim was put into an induced coma as he fought for his life in hospital.
Leon McTaggart caught on CCTV inside the chip shop
McTaggart was detained at his bedsit in Hagley Road, Edgbaston, on November 28 and later charged with attacking the chip shop owner.
He denied the offence but was found guilty following a five-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
After the trial, Det Sgt Leighton Shingles said: “This was a totally unprovoked, frenzied attack on a man at his place of work.
“He came very close to losing his life.
“From the CCTV, it is clear McTaggart was trying to provoke the owner into stepping from behind the counter.
“He was even seen waiting outside, knife held behind his back, for the owner to emerge from the shop after he damages the door.
“McTaggart is a dangerous individual and I would like to thank the public for coming forward and helping us to take him off the streets of Birmingham.
“While this guilty verdict does not make up for what happened to the victim on that day, we hope it at least provides some reassurance that Taggart is now likely to be behind bars for a considerable amount of time, unable to cause such harm to another innocent member of the public.”
McTaggart is due to be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on July 13.