Man stabbed step-brother after argument

Charlie Clark
Charlie Clark
Police officers at Athena Avenue. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A FAMILY feud ended with a teenager going on a violent rampage and stabbing his step-brother in a terrifying attack.

Charlie Clark has been jailed for three years for attacking 22-year-old Jack Orme in the family home.

The 19-year-old, pictured, had just been thrown out by his mother Michelle Clark.

After spending the day drinking, Clark armed himself with a knife and went round to the house in Turner Avenue, Gosport.

On his way he headbutted another man, 18-year-old Russell Bennett, in an unprovoked attack.

When he got to the house Mr Orme answered the door.

Prosecutor Matthew Lawson said: ‘Suddenly and without warning the defendant stabbed Mr Orme in the right arm.

‘He tried to shut the door but the defendant had put his foot in it and kicked the door open.’

As Mr Orme fell backwards, Clark repeatedly stabbed at him, aiming for his chest.

‘Mr Orme could see the knife coming and was able to dodge most, however one stab caught his left foot,’ Mr Lawson said.

Mr Orme managed to grab his younger step-brother and force him back out of the room.

Meanwhile, one of his friends, Paul O’Brien, who was in the house had called the police.

When Clark saw Mr O’Brien he slashed at him with the knife, cutting his left hand.

Clark, who has previous convictions for assault, then ran out of the house and was arrested nearby.

Daniel Reilly, defending, said: ‘It’s fair to say that it perhaps has its origins in a break-down within that family unit.

‘It’s plain that he was hurt by the breakdown of the relationship.’

Clark, of Forton Road, Gosport, pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm, assault causing actual bodily harm, common assault and possession of a knife in public following the violence in August.

Jailing him Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘The attacks seem to have started with a completely unprovoked attack in the street.

‘You then decided to go to your parents’ address. You were obviously drunk and angry.

‘You forced your way into the house and carried out an unprovoked attack on another person, this time with a knife.

‘It was a sustained attack, with stabbing and there were threats to other members of the family.

‘It didn’t end there because the knife was then used against another person, slashing out at him.

‘All these offences are so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for them.’