Father and son stabbed at Kingshill News and Booze in Dursley
A FATHER and son were stabbed on Saturday morning following a dispute over the sale of cigarettes.
Newsagent Karthigesu Krishna Moorthy, 53, who owns Kingshill News & Booze in Dursley, was stabbed once in the stomach and his son Suthakar Krishna Moorthy, 30, stabbed five or six times to the stomach and arm.
The attack occurred inside the store just after 7am on Saturday morning.
Speaking after being released from hospital yesterday, Karthigesu said: "It all happened very quickly, within just a couple of minutes.
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"I refused to serve a boy who was underage and he wanted to buy some cigarettes.
"He came at me with a rock and a knife, which I hadn't seen and it was only after my son had come downstairs, and he was stabbed, that I noticed the blood coming from my chest.
"His injuries were much worse than mine and there was a lot of blood across the floor. He is still in hospital and needed two operations on Saturday."
Daughter Suthakiny Logeswaran said her family had been very shaken by the incident and she was still scared it might happen again.
She said: "We have run this shop in Dursley for five years and there has never been any trouble like this in the area.
"But our customers have been very supportive. One brought in a 'get well soon' card and another behind him asked to sign it. Since then we have had dozens more come in to sign the card."
Chris Jackson, Gloucestershire Police spokesman, said: "We can confirm there were some slash wounds received resulting from the use of some kind of blade.
"Officers are working to find out what weapon was used and what exactly happened. We understand there was an argument involving the sale of cigarettes followed by the assault. We would like to thank the Dursley public for their assistance to our officers."
â A 16-year-old boy and 22-year-old man, both from Dursley, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent. The pair were last night in custody but had not been charged.