A KNIFEMAN who stabbed his new neighbour in the chest with a vegetable knife has been jailed.
Matthew Jones, 26, knifed Andrew Tallentire who ran into the street with blood pouring from the wound to his chest.
He suffered a collapsed lung and needed a drain inserted in his chest in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Jones, of St David’s Road South, St Annes, was jailed for a total of three years and nine months.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding and his overall sentence included a term for a burglary charge.
Preston Crown Court heard how four days before the stabbing on May 18, Jones sustained a head injury, in a fight with Mr Tallentire in which Mr Jones claimed a hammer had been used against him.
Mr Tallentire, 25, had moved into a neighbouring flat on St David’s Road South, St Annes, just several days earlier, on May 14. The two men seemed to become friends, but there was a volatility between them, said the prosecution.
The pair had been drinking on May 22. A scuffle followed, with both men throwing punches.
Miss Goode said this appeared to re-open Jones’ head wound.
Jones was sitting in a chair in his flat when Mr Tallentire went in.
Jones then stabbed him in the chest with what was described as a short bladed vegetable knife.
Miss Goode said: “Andrew Tallentire ran out of the flat and into the street. A woman who happened to be there saw blood pouring from the wound.
“She went into her house to grab a towel and applied pressure to the wound.”
Roger Baldwin, for Jones, said the other man went in “shouting and screaming”.
The barrister added: “He made over to where the defendant was sitting.
The defendant picked up a knife, that had been used to prepare food, and stabbed him.
“He accepts that by stabbing him he went beyond what may be called lawful self defence”.
Mr Tallentire was discharged from hospital two days later and has made a full recovery.
The judge heard the burglary offence involved both Jones and another man, Ian Roberts.
This was at the home of an 83-year-old woman on Curzon Road, St Annes.
Julie Taylor, for Roberts, said he pleaded guilty at the very first opportunity.
She said: “He has genuine remorse”.
Roberts, 33, of Victoria Road, St Annes, was sentenced to three years’ prison for the burglary.