A MAN who stabbed his next-door neighbour and friend in the neck following a row has been jailed for six years.
Victim David Rogers, 41, was left with a cut and a pierced food pipe after being set upon by Shaun Jones (pictured) at his home in Delphi Way, Waterlooville.
Jones, 48, turned up bare chested on his doorstep armed with two knives, launching his attack when Mr Rogers opened the door.
He had earlier warned the victim after he was provoked during their row: ‘You’re lucky, I was just coming in there to kill you.’’
Jones, who has convictions for 17 previous crimes, was sentenced to six years in jail after he admitted wounding with intent.
He was ordered to serve an extended licence period of five years on his release from jail as he was assessed as being a dangerous offender.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Mr Rogers and Jones had known each other for about 11 years . They fell out a couple of years ago but then about a year ago they swapped mobile phone numbers.
On the day of the attack Jones called Mr Rogers, who said neighbours had been complaining about him. He later texted Jones and said: ‘not really.’
Mark Ruffell, prosecuting, said: ‘I think the defence would be entitled to say there is an element of provocation or winding up going on to some degree. Of course that doesn’t justify what took place.’
When Mr Rogers arrived home they had a row. The court heard Mr Rogers later went outside to apologise and saw Jones in the garden holding a knife in each hand.
Jones said Mr Rogers was ‘lucky’ as he had been going in there to kill him.
At about 8pm Mr Rogers heard a bang on the door. A bare chested Jones barged through when he opened it.
Mr Ruffell, said: ‘The defendant used the knife in his left hand to stab the right hand side of Mr Rogers’ neck. He said he felt it going in all the way up to the handle. He started bleeding profusely.’
Mr Rogers managed to escape and flee to a neighbour’s house.
He was taken to hospital but the court heard his neck injury was not life-threatening and he discharged himself after a few days. He also suffered lacerations to his hand from trying to grab the knife.
The court heard in Jones’ defence that he has depression and has problems with alcohol, but that the attack on April 29 was not premeditated.
He had drunk three cans of lager when he stabbed Mr Rogers but the court heard he was not drunk.
Jane Rowley, defending, said: ‘These were friends and it would be wrong to apply premeditation when there is an admitted element of provocation.’
She later added: ‘This was a single blow and there is genuine remorse. To lift the defendant’s comments to the probation officer, he’s gutted at what he did to his friend.’