Man avoids jail term after attack

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man attacked his partner with a knife during a drunken row.

Ross Luckock got into an argument on the way home from a barbecue because one of the couple had felt ignored at the event.

Luckock grabbed hold of a knife in the kitchen and with it caused a four centimetre cut to the back of the victim’s hand.

The defendant, 35, avoided being sent to jail by a judge at Preston Crown Court, who gave him two years’ prison, suspended for two years, with 12 months’ supervision.

Luckock, who had pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, was ordered to pay £1,000 compensation as well as £1,500 prosecution costs and a £120 statutory surcharge.

Karen Brooks, prosecuting, said the defendant and his partner of three months had been to a barbecue at an address on Grafton Street, Blackpool, on July 21 last year.

Alcohol was drunk. On the way back to Luckock’s flat an argument started which continued into the flat.

A fight began when Luckock punched the victim in the face. The defendant picked up a knife and used it to cut the other man’s hand, near his wrist. The fight continued and it was only outside that the victim realised he was bleeding.

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he was treated. His nose was bleeding and he also had facial bruising.

The injured man returned to hospital two days later and went on to be admitted 
because of problems bending and straightening his thumb.

During an examination, it was found that some tendons were completely divided. In addition, the soft tissue lining of bone had been indented, consistent with a sharp instrument having hit bone.

The injury is said to have affected the victim’s work as a waiter as well as his social life.

A raft of character references from family, friends and work colleagues of Luckock were handed in to the judge.

Wayne Jackson, defending, said the defendant still had no real recollection of what had taken place, due to drink.

He told the judge: “Everything you read about him, in the circumstances of the case, perhaps cries out for him to be given a chance. He is widely regarded. He has been stupid.”.

The judge, Recorder Kevin Grice, said it was a very serious offence and Luckock had come extremely close to being sent to prison.