Man cut his friend with knife in row

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man who wounded his friend with a knife during a row has avoided being sent to jail.

Attacker Michael Walker suffered a fractured knee cap when hit with a metal bar by his victim who suffered a deep laceration to his wrist and arm.

Walker, 31, of Kincraig Road, Blackpool had pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and having a bladed article.

He told Preston Crown Court he had pulled out the blade during an argument.

He and the victim had been friends who had met at a homeless hostel.

They also used to take cocaine together and would share the drug between themselves.

Paul Brookwell, prosecuting, said just prior to the offences, the victim had given him some cocaine and lent him £20 cash.

On the evening of October 18 the defendant and another male went to the victim’s address on Cheltenham Road, Blackpool.

A fight broke out and the victim and defendant were both injured.

In a victim personal statement he spoke of having a six to eight inch scar to the right wrist and some lost feeling to his right thumb.

Paul Humphries, defending, said it had an unfortunate incident. The two men used to share and loan each other money.

He said Walker had been working on a car and had a number of tools in the vehicle. The craft knife was in his pocket.

Mr Humphries said: “He accepts he responded very badly. He used the weapon only to add weight to punches.

“He had not intended to use it to cause injury.”

Judge Anthony Russell QC told Walker: “Wounds can result in very serious consequences. If a wound cuts a vein or an artery it may well be very serious consequences can follow.

“It seems you came out of the incident as badly, possibly more badly, than the victim.

Walker was given six months prison, suspended for eighteen months, with eighteen months supervision and a hundred hours unpaid work.