Doctor stabbed nine times by boy, 17, tells him: ‘We need to talk’


File photo dated 16/02/22 of Dr Adam Towler who was stabbed nine times by Chanz Maximen, then 17, who has said he would like to meet his attacker if given the chance. Dr Towler said he 'owed it' to Mr Maximen, now 19, to listen if he ever tried to make contact with him. Issue date: Sunday February 20, 2022. PA Photo. Maximen, knocked on Adam Towler's door in Clifton, Bristol, on the evening of October 30 2019, having apparently selected the address at random. He pulled Dr Towler into the road and knifed him repeatedly, inflicting a deep wound to the chest that punctured his lung and narrowly missed his heart. Maximen initially left the doctor bleeding in the street, but returned to the property once his victim had managed to get back inside and tried to break the door down. See PA story COURTS Bristol . Photo credit should read: Tess De La Mare/PA Wire
Dr Adam Towler believes it would help to be able to talk to his attacker one day (Picture: PA)

A doctor stabbed nine times by a 17-year-old boy has said he would like to meet his attacker.

Chanz Maximen, now 19, knocked on Adam Towler’s door in Clifton, Bristol, in October 2019, having apparently selected the address at random.

He pulled Dr Towler into the road and knifed him repeatedly, inflicting a deep wound to his chest that punctured his lung and narrowly missed his heart.

Maximen initially left the doctor bleeding in the street, but returned to the property once his victim had managed to get back inside and tried to break the door down.

Dr Towler, 54, was the first of three people Maximen would randomly target in the Clifton area at night, before he was tracked down by police three weeks later.

Neither the trial nor multiple psychiatric assessments has shed any light on his motive.

The only common thread between Dr Towler, a warehouse worker who had stopped at a bench on his way home from a night shift, and a female student, was that they were alone.

Maximen was jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday. He was a seemingly normal teenager studying for his A-levels and had no history of violence.

Undated handout photo issued by Avon and Somerset Police of Chanz Maximen who has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 12 years at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday after he dragged doctor Adam Towler out of his house and stabbed him nine times in a random, unprovoked attack on October 30 2019. Issue date: Wednesday February 16, 2022. PA Photo. Chanz Maximen was 17-years-old when he knocked on Adam Towler???s front door in Clifton, Bristol, and shone a light through the letterbox on October 30 2019. Dr Towler initially thought the knock was a Halloween prank, but Maximen pulled him into the road and stabbed him repeatedly, including a blow that missed his heart by two centimetres. The defendant told him, ???You killed the girl???, a phrase that he has never explained and meant nothing to the victim or investigators. See PA story COURTS Bristol . Photo credit should read: Avon and Somerset Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Chanz Maximen, 19, was jailed for 12 years after attacking Dr Towler and two other people (Picture: PA)

Although he had been diagnosed with a learning difficulty, Maximen was in mainstream school and did not need the help while giving evidence in court.

He was not found to be suffering from a psychiatric illness and was deemed fit to stand trial.

He is now a category A prisoner at HMP Belmarsh in London, and has to be accompanied by three guards when he moves through the prison.

Despite the ferocity of the attack and the severity of his injuries, Dr Towler has been concerned for Maximen since the incident.

In a victim impact statement read in court, Dr Towler said: ‘I am not upset or angry with you. I don’t think you owe me an apology or anything, but I do want you to know what it’s like for me.

‘Perhaps one day I will also learn what it is like for you too, since the events.

‘What happened on that night happened, you and me were connected in it and neither of us can change the events of that night now.’

After the sentencing, Dr Towler said he believed it would help to be able to talk to him one day.

He said: ‘I owe it to him and he owes it to me – if he wants to meet, I owe it to him to listen, because the consequences of his actions on me and the other victims have been enormous.

‘I would like to learn what he’s thinking – what he was thinking and what he does think, whatever that is, because it helps me.’

He added: ‘He’s never admitted his guilt but I felt there was a shift in his position in court on Wednesday, because he listened very attentively to my statement, he had good eye contact, that was more engagement than he has shown previously.’

Judge William Hart described Dr Towler’s statement as ‘extraordinary’, telling the court: ‘Whether it is the effect of intellect, or faith, or kindness and understanding, I don’t know.

‘If it is the consequence of intellect, I admire it. If it is the consequence of faith, I envy it.’

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