Knifeman barged in to stranger’s home

Preston Crown Court, where Paul Walton (below) was sentenced to a year and two weeks in prison.
Preston Crown Court, where Paul Walton (below) was sentenced to a year and two weeks in prison.
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A man who barged into a stranger’s home and injured him with a butcher’s knife has been jailed.

Paul Walton made false accusations about his victim before pulling out a knife from his jacket.

Paul Walton, sentenced to 12 months and two weeks for assault

Paul Walton, sentenced to 12 months and two weeks for assault

During a struggle, the man sustained a cut to his hand.

Walton, 24, of Derby Road, Blackpool, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and also admitted a bail offence.

He was sentenced to a year and two weeks in prison by 
a judge at Preston Crown Court.

The victim had been playing cards at his Norfolk Road home on January 18 last year when Walton burst in, the court was told.

Jacob Dyer, prosecuting, said there was a knock at the door. When it was opened, Walton barged past and into the front room.

Walton accused the man of having lived in North Shore and said he had tried to carry out a sex attack on someone. All the allegations were false.

When told to leave, Walton pulled a butcher’s knife with a six-inch blade out of his jacket.

He told the victim: “You don’t want to mess with me.”

The victim grabbed the blade with his right hand and sustained a cut during the struggle.

After that, Walton was said to have pulled out a penknife.

The victim had to grab that arm to stop him swinging the knife.

The defendant was restrained and bundled out of the front door. The court was told he was still making threats at that stage.

The victim ended up needing five stitches to the cut.

Walton was pointed out to police as a housemate had seen the direction he went in.

The victim’s DNA was found in blood on Walton’s hooded top.

Walton had a number of previous convictions that included two for robbery.

Nick Kennedy, defending, said: “The defendant was at a very low ebb at the time.

“His relationship with his partner was heading off course and his grandmother had died, which upset him deeply.

“Drink played a significant part in the defendant’s life.

“There is no suggestion he set out to or deliberately used the knife in the incident.”

The barrister added that after becoming homeless last September Walton had moved to a hostel.

Judge Robert Altham told Walton: “This man, (the victim) understandably fearing he would be subject to a serious attack with a potentially deadly weapon, took hold of the blade.

“This was a nasty injury.

“The offence is so serious that only custody is appropriate.”