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Violent Leeds offender is jailed over drug deal knife attack

Stephen Casey.

Stephen Casey.

A violent thug who stabbed a man in the chest after going to his flat to buy drugs has been jailed for a total of six years and eight months.

Stephen Casey, 24, was handed the lengthy sentence by a judge who told him could easily have killed his victim.

Leeds Crown Court heard Casey went to the victim’s home on Gamble Hill Grange, Bramley, on June 6 this year after making arrangements to buy Mkat from him.

Casey went to the property at 11pm and attacked the man as soon as he opened the door.

He stabbed him in the chest and said: “I want it all. I want it all or I will stab you through the throat.”

He told Casey where the drugs were and Casey went into the flat.

The victim banged on neighbours’ doors to raise the alarm.

He suffered a laceration to his liver and bleeding to his chest from the stab wound. The court heard the victim spent time in a hospital in a high dependency unit but made a full recovery from his injuries.

Casey, of Wyther Park Street, Bramley, was arrested the day after the attack but refused to comment in interview.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon on the day he was due to go on trial.

The court heard that Casey had previous convictions for violence. In 2010, he threatened two people with a knife as they sat on the steps of a church and took mobile phones and jewellery from them.

John Harrison, mitigating, said Casey had drug and alcohol problems and had suffered a troubled childhood.

Mr Harrison said he had been trying to address his offending behaviour while in prison on remand.

Jailing Casey yesterday, Judge Christopher Batty said: “This is a very sad position.

“The problem with carrying knives is that there is always a temptation to use them when things do not go your way. And so it was that you stabbed him.You could have killed him.”

He added: “It is fortunate that his injuries were not serious or life threatening. But it was serious offending.”

 
 
 

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