Leeds loan shark jailed over sword and dagger attack

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A violent loan shark has been jailed for attacking a man who owed him cash with a samurai sword and stabbing him in the shoulder.

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David Jones was sentenced to six years for the attack which was carried out at a flat in Leeds over a £90 debt.

A court heard Jones was nicknamed ‘Double Bubble’ as borrowers would have to repay him twice the amount lent to them.

Jones arrived in a taxi outside the victim’s basement flat in Beeston, carrying the sword in a case.

He stood at the window with a ‘weird grin’ before walking into the property, unsheathing the weapon and telling the victim he was going to kill him.

The victim tried to hide behind his sofa but Jones lunged at him and struck him on the arm, causing cuts and bruising.

Jones then took a dagger out of his waistband and sunk the weapon into the victim’s shoulder blade.

Robert Galley, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the victim felt a dull pain and began bleeding as Jones told him: “I’ll be back”.

The victim ran to his neighbour’s home and an ambulance was called.

Police later obtained CCTV footage which showed Jones arriving outside the flat with the weapon, at around 7.45pm on August 7 this year, and leaving with it a short time later.

The victim told officers that Jones was a money lender known as ‘Double Bubble’ and he owed him £90. He received treatment in hospital for a fractured collar bone and cuts to his shoulder and arm.

Jones, of Hardy Terrace, Beeston, was arrested but refused to comment when interviewed by police.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and two offences of possession of a bladed weapon.

The court heard he has previous convictions for violence and drug offences.

Sajid Majid, mitigating, said: “He regrets his actions that day. He wishes he could turn back the clock.”

Mr Majid said Jones had pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity and accepted that he would be facing a lengthy prison sentence.

The Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You have now leapt up into a much higher league of offending. It is accepted that there must be a sentence of considerable length.”

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