A teenager who stabbed another youth in a fight has been spared immediate custody.
The 16-year-old was aged 15 when he produced the blade and thrust it once into a 17-year-old’s leg in Worle.
The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding in March 2018.
Judge James Patrick was told that, since the offence, the remorseful boy has turned his life around.
He told the youngster: “What you did was serious.
“You took a knife, expecting there to be a knife involved, and you used a knife.
“You are very sorry and you are still very young.
“It has been a year and a quarter since you stabbed your victim and most of the delay is not your fault.”
“You need to knuckle down”
The judge handed the boy a two-year Youth Rehabilitation Order.
He also told him to observe a four-month curfew in which he must stay at home from 7pm to 5am.
The judge added: “If you breach this order you will be sending yourself to custody.
“You need to knuckle down.”
Robin Shellard, prosecuting, told Bristol Crown Court when a fight broke out in the Sainsbury’s car park, the boy stabbed the 17-year-old in his left leg.
The victim was left with an inch-long wound which was three inches deep, the court heard.
Police arrested the boy and found him with a small blade.
He made no comment when interviewed, was picked out from a video identity parade, and still declined to comment in a second interview.
The judge was told since the offence the boy had studied for his exams and was deemed to be a low risk of re-offending.