Stabbing victim '˜in real danger of losing his life' after being knifed by drug debt enforcer
A THUG enforcing a Â£20 drug debt left his victim at risk of dying after knifing him in the arm, a court heard.
Jordan Boyle was jailed for 27 months after admitting the stabbing in Stakes Road, Waterlooville.
Blood sprayed out of victim George Stead's slashed vein in his left arm when it was severed in the attack.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard Boyle, 21, of Billy Copse, Havant, had gone to George Stead girlfriend's home on July 9 last year and confronted Mr Stead on the doorstep.
Boyle had been dropped there by his aunt after telling her he was going to visit a friend, the court was told.
An argument erupted and he pushed Mr Stead's girlfriend, Jennifer Fox, at the doorstep before the argument spilled out on the street.
Prosecutor Fern Russell said Boyle slashed at Mr Stead's chest then lunged forward with the knife cutting his arm.
Sentencing, judge Roger Hetherington said 'Your error of judgement was ... to take out that knife, which you plainly had with you and then use it aggressively towards George Stead, first of all by cutting him on the chest and then by lunging at him so as to slash his arm at a vein roughly inside his elbow, and that severed the vein.
'Blood was spraying everywhere and he lost approximately six pints of blood and was in real danger of losing his life, I suspect.'
Mitigating, Nicolas Robinson said an independent witness saw multiple people coming from the house toward Boyle and the victim Mr Stead looked 'the most angry'
In police interview, Boyle claimed he went to Stead's house to buy drugs, not enforce a debt.
Prosecutor Ms Russell said: 'It was an incident where the crown say Mr Boyle had gone to the home address of he aggrieved, Mr Stead, also the home address of his girlfriend and her family.
'Mr Boyle had gone there to collect a drug debt owed, and it appears when he was dropped off there an argument took place.'
Judge Hetherington said '˜it doesn't really make much difference precisely who owed who for some drug debt' as the incident had a drugs background.
Boyle admitted unlawful wounding, having an offensive weapon and common assault on the first day of his trial accused of wounding with intent. The more serious charge was dropped.