A MAN’S liver was sliced in half in a shocking knife assault after which his attacker warned him: “Next time it will be a machete.”
Kevin Geddes was jailed for three years after he inflicted three knife wounds on his victim.
The blade had gone right through John Rainey’s liver which ended up in two pieces.
He needed surgery in Blackpool Victoria Hospital where his condition was potentially life threatening.
Geddes, 31, of Mowbray Road, Fleetwood, admitted unlawful wounding and also having an offensive weapon.
Preston Crown Court heard the violence dated back to last September during a scuffle outside an address on Poulton Road.
The court heard both the defendant and Mr Rainey had been drunk. Mr Rainey and others had been drinking at an address before Mr Rainey initially punched the defendant in the face.
Geddes then went to the kitchen to clean himself up. He then spotted a tool box and took a kitchen knife from it.
It was claimed Mr Rainey followed Geddes outside and a “verbal altercation” took place. A scuffle then arose, during the course of which serious injury was caused.
Before he left with his partner and brother, who had been called to the address, Geddes turned and shouted “Next time it will be a machete”.
The injured man had one stab wound to his chest and two over the front of his abdomen.
Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said: “The defendant accepts he took out the knife in an effort to deter him.
“We submit there was a degree of provocation. The defendant himself had suffered injury, bruising to an eye and arms.
“The defendant is not someone who is prone to violence. He is remorseful for his actions and accepted full responsibility”.
Judge Michael Byrne told Geddes: “I regard this as a very serious case because of the repeated use of a weapon and the injury caused.”