A man who left his victim suffering life-threatening injuries after stabbing him repeatedly with scissors in a Kettering street has been jailed.
Samuel Stone, aged 32, got into a fist fight with a man outside a shop in Dalkeith Place at around 11.45pm on May 9 this year, before taking out a pair of scissors and stabbing the other man in the back and torso.
His victim then left in a taxi while Stone called 999 to report he had been attacked. When the injured man arrived at a friend’s home, the full extent of his injuries became clear and they called an ambulance.
As police attended Dalkeith Place to check on Stone, paramedics contacted Northamptonshire Police to say they were treating a patient who had been stabbed up to 11 times.
The injured man was rushed to University Hospital Coventry, where he was found to have suffered a punctured lung, and Stone was arrested.
While the victim chose not to support the police investigation, officers were able to build an evidence-based case and Stone, of no fixed address, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.
He pleaded guilty and at Northampton Crown Court on Friday, July 23, he was sentenced to 40 months for the stabbing, plus a further two months to be served concurrently in relation to a breach of a previously imposed suspended sentence.
Detective Sergeant Nina Williams, of Kettering CID, which investigated the incident, said: “Northamptonshire Police takes any form of violence incredibly seriously, with tackling knife crime one of our Force priorities.
“In this incident, Stone was initially punched and kicked by his victim, and when the two broke apart, Stone took the opportunity to arm himself with a pair of scissors from his bag which he then used to inflict multiple injuries on the other man.
“This could have ended in tragedy, and I am pleased that Stone has taken the opportunity to admit responsibility for what he has done. I hope his time in prison allows him time to reflect and seek support to make better choices when he is released.”