A 20-year-old former Stroud man has been cleared by a jury of attempting to murder a friend
by stabbing him in the head.

However, he has been found guilty of intentionally wounding his victim, who had spurned his sexual advances.

Gloucester Crown Court heard last week that Tyrese Miles stabbed the young man as they walked near the canal and were about to cross a railway line on the night of June 17, 2022.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said that Miles is now resident at Fromeside psychiatric hospital in Bristol, having formerly lived at Wheelers Walk, Stroud and then Alexandra Road, Gloucester.

Judge Ian Lawrie KC observed that Miles has a complicated history and therefore he couldn’t sentence him immediately. 

He ordered a pre-sentence report to investigate Miles’ dangerousness in the eyes of the law.

Ms Pattison confirmed that Miles was being assessed in hospital on a regular on-going basis.

Miles was found guilty of unlawfully and maliciously wounding the victim with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on June 17, 2022 and possessing an offensive weapon in public on the same occasion.

The court previously heard that Miles had met up with the victim, a friend he had known from school, at Stroud bus station at around 9pm on June 17, 2022 after he had been to the gym. 

Miles asked him if he could help him with something, but didn’t say what it was he needed help with.

Prosecutor Ms Harris said later in the night Miles asked the other boy to expose his genitals on two different occasions, which he refused. 

The jury was told the victim realised after he had been attacked, that he needed immediate help because blood was streaming down his face.

The jury was told that the victim was eventually taken to hospital where the tip of a knife blade was removed from his skull.

He was treated for a puncture of the mastoid bone just behind his right ear and remained in hospital for a period of time.

Miles denies attempted murder, unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.

Miles will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on January 25, 2024.

The judge said he will have to be remanded in custody if he is discharged from the psychiatric hospital while still awaiting sentence.