Vicious attacker jailed for over 11 years for assault and robbery
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A man who slashed another man’s face and set his dog on him, causing life-changing injuries, just days after he carried out a knife-point robbery in a shop, has been jailed for over 11 years.
Patrick Loftus, aged 39, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court after being found guilty of grievous bodily harm in relation to an assault he carried out on September 10 last year.
His four-day trial heard how Loftus set about his victim in St Andrew’s Road, Northampton, in a fight which spilled into the road, stopping traffic.
During the incident Loftus inflicted stab and slash wounds to his victim’s face, arm and abdomen, with the man also suffering bite wounds to his arm from Loftus’ Rottweiler dog.
After passing motorists called police, Loftus fled with his dog, but was later arrested and charged, and his dog seized. It was later destroyed.
The victim required surgery for his wounds and has been left with life-changing scars.
At the hearing on September 29, Loftus was sentenced to eight years for grievous bodily harm with intent and having a dog dangerously out of control which caused injury.
Loftus, formerly of Perry Street, Northampton, was also sentenced after admitting to a robbery he carried out at a Tesco store in Wellingborough Road, Northampton, 12 days before the stabbing, in which he threatened store staff with knives in order to steal cash from a till.
He was given a further three years and four months for the robbery, making a total sentence of 11 years and four months.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Ryan Tilly, of Northampton CID, said: “Patrick Loftus was responsible for a vicious attack on his victim, pursuing him out into the middle of the road and repeatedly stabbing him, all while his dog simultaneously mauled the man.
“This would have been terrifying and the fear this attack caused the victim was significant. Even if he had been able to defend himself against Loftus he was also being attacked by a large and powerful dog, and witnesses to this incident were left shocked and unable to help the victim because of the risk to their own safety.
“Tackling knife crime is a matter of priority for Northamptonshire Police and I’m so pleased to see a fitting and robust sentence handed down that reflects the severity of what Loftus did that day, as well as recognising the ongoing affect the injuries caused have on his victim.”