TWO thugs have been jailed for a total of 17 years after stabbing and robbing a man in his Blackpool flat.
Paul Hill was knifed in the hand and bundled into a cupboard during the terrifying raid at his home in Central Drive.
David Miguel, 31, and Wayne Knights, 32, had denied the robbery which happened earlier this year.
The defendants, both from Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, were convicted by a jury following trial.
Knights had admitted going back to burgle the premises while the injured Mr Hill was receiving hospital treatment.
Miguel was given eight years’ prison, while Knights was handed a nine-year term.
Preston Crown Court heard Mr Hill and Miguel had previously regarded each other as friends.
On a date in February this year, Miguel went to visit Mr Hill at his flat, taking Knights along with him.
All three had a drink together in the flat and seemed to be getting on reasonably well. But, for one reason or another, the atmosphere changed.
Both defendants were said to have suddenly assaulted Mr Hill, by first taking hold of him.
The victim was then stabbed with a knife to the left hand, in the knuckles area.
It was not clear who did the stabbing, the court was told.
Mr Hill was then put in a cupboard and told not to come out. Miguel stole his TV set and went out on to the street.
A policeman stopped him and he claimed someone had sold it to him.
Knights gave police a false name and lied, trying to confirm his co-defendant’s story.
While Mr Hill was at hospital, Knights used a key that had been temporarily lent to him to burgle the man’s flat and steal hi-fi equipment.
Miguel had 69 previous offences on his record, while Knights had 71.
Jacob Dyer, defending Miguel, said what happened was wholly out of character for him.
He had no record at all for violence.
Mr Dyer said: “Though there were unpleasant injuries in this case, there is no suggestion of long term physical consequences”.
Tom Lord, for Knights, said there had been no forced entry to the flat.
“There was not a sustained period of violence.
“There has been no significant long term damage to any tendons or bones”.
Judge Ian Leeming QC told the men in passing sentence “Mr Hill was terrified by the assault and the robbery.”