'He would have killed him': Thug stabbed man in head then punched and kicked him during drunken street attack

A thug attacked a man with a knife in the street and then punched and kicked him after a night of drinking.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 4:45 pm

A friend had to pull William Turner away from the victim after he thinking he "would have killed him", Leeds Crown Court was told.

Turner pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article following the attack on Little Lane in South Elmsall.

Felicity Hemlin, prosecuting, said Turner had been out with friends, including the victim, on the night of December 16, 2018.

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William Turner was jailed for 27 months.

The group then went back to Turner's house on Little Lane to continue drinking.

At some point an argument broke out and the victim left the house to wait for a taxi.

Turner came out of the property with the knife and attacked him from behind, striking him with the weapon to the back of the head.

He then threw punches to his head and body.

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Turner then ran off down an alleyway and threw the knife into a garden.

It was later recovered by police and found to contain blood from the victim.

The victim was taken to hospital with a cut to the back of his head, lacerations to his body and bruises and abrasions to his head.

Turner was arrested but became verbally and physically abusive towards officers when they took him to hospital.

Turner, who is now 22, has three previous convictions and was subject to a community order at the time of the attack.

Craig Sutcliffe, mitigating, suggested that a vehicle had been damaged that evening, which was the reason why Turner came out of the house to confront the victim.

He said Turner had expressed remorse and had the support of his family.

Recorder Abdul Iqbal QC jailed Turner for 27 months.

He also gave him a three-year restraining order to keep him away from the victim.