Father and son jailed after man knifed in Southsea street

JAILED Christopher Parkes and his dad Dene
JAILED Christopher Parkes and his dad Dene
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A FATHER and son have been jailed for more than four years between them for their roles in a stabbing that left a man needing 25 stitches.

Ali Ahmadi was stabbed three times after being racially abused and set upon by Christopher Parkes and dad Dene.

Mr Ahmadi was having a ‘heated’ row in the street with his ex-girlfriend – who Christopher Parkes knows – when the men attacked him.

It is not clear who inflicted the injuries as Mr Ahmadi fainted during his ordeal – but both men were armed with knives.

Witnesses described racist abuse being hurled at Mr Ahmadi before he was set upon in St James’s Road, Southsea – despite Mr Ahmadi’s ex-girlfriend telling Christopher Parkes the row was none of his business.

Both father and son hurled punches at Mr Ahmadi before he was repeatedly stabbed.

He was left needing seven stitches to his right arm, 16 stitches to his left and two to his chin following the attack, which happened in September 2010.

In a separate incident, both Dene Parkes, 51, and Christopher Parkes, 23, racially abused a group of Asian men in Elm Grove, Southsea, in January while on bail.

The men admitted charges of unlawful wounding, possessing a bladed article, and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

Christopher Parkes also admitted breaching a suspended sentence.

Dene Parkes, of Eldon Street, Southsea, was jailed for 21 months.

Christopher Parkes, of Quinton Close, Somers Town, Portsmouth, was sentenced to 28 months in jail.

Judge Susan Evans QC said: ‘The victim was arguing with his ex-girlfriend.

‘It was a heated argument in public.

‘You were told that it was none of your business.

‘Had you been peacemakers, in short, it might have been different – but you weren’t. It seems to me you saw an opportunity for trouble and took it.’