Man who attacked friend with knife is jailed for five years
ATTACK victim Jonathan Robbins was left needing 23 stitches in his face after being slashed with a Stanley knife by his friend in a row over a woman.
Daniel Hulme, aged 24, was yesterday jailed for five years after a court heard how he left his pal disfigured for life.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court was told Hulme pulled out the knife in a confrontation over Mr Robbins's friendship with the defendant's ex-girlfriend.
Hulme, pictured right, of Orme Road, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm on March 17.
Paul Spratt, prosecuting said: "The victim and defendant have known each other for about six years and have been friends.
"The incident happened at around 7.30pm in Bradwell.
"Hulme got out of a car and there was a physical confrontation between them. A witness saw Hulme approach Mr Robbins and push him.
"Mr Robbins retaliated with a punch and the defendant hit back with a knife which caused a grievous injury to the victim's right cheek.
"The defendant asserts he found the knife in the car. On the face of it, this offence looks as though it is without motive but there seemed to be a complaint about Mr Robbins having some sort of acquaintance with an ex-girlfriend of Hulme's."
Hulme has 28 previous convictions for incidents of common assault, public disorder and battery.
This latest offence was committed while Hulme was on bail.
The court was told that since the attack, the victim has suffered confidence issues in his social life and has felt vulnerable in his own home.
Richard Oldroyd, mitigating, said: "Clearly this was a complete overreaction.
"The use of a weapon was totally out of character.
"It is a complete departure from his previous misbehaviour.
"It was a single blow and he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and this is indicative of remorse.
"In the future he wants to lead a more industrious and decent life. "
Sentencing Hulme, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones said: "You must have known the inevitable consequences would be a substantial custodial sentence.
"This was an ugly and totally mindless incident that happened when you were clearly the worse for drink and drugs.
"You had at times been friends with the victim but became motivated by some grievance about Mr Robbins kissing a former girlfriend of yours."