DETECTIVES have warned a drunken thug could have killed two security guards who he slashed in the neck with a broken bottle at a Leeds restaurant.
Yidnekachew Shiferw, 25, was sentenced yesterday to seven-and-a-half years in jail for the unprovoked attack at Laghetto, Mabgate, near to Leeds city centre during an Easter celebration last year.
Det Insp John Dexter, of Leeds District CID, said: “Shiferw’s unprovoked violent actions against the two victims could very easily have had fatal consequences.
“We hope the significant sentence he has received will provide some reassurance to the victims and the wider community and also serve as a reminder to others of the serious penalties those who are prepared to use this level can expect to face.”
Leeds Crown Court heard Shiferw was drunk and annoying female guests shortly before being asked to leave the premises in the early hours of April 21 last year.
Shiferw suddenly turned violent and thrust the weapon into the neck of one of the security staff who had asked him to leave. The second victim was stabbed as he stood outside the premises a short time later.
One of the men immediately began bleeding heavily from the neck wound.
He was fortunate to avoid serious injury as the weapon failed to penetrate major blood vessels.
Both victims received medical treatment in hospital
Shiferw, 27, of Fairford Avenue, Beeston, was founding guilty of two offences of wounding with intent following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Nicoletta Alistari, mitigating, said Shiferw, a married father-of-one, had struggled with depression since moving to the UK from Ethiopia in 2006 and not being able to obtain work. She said the attack was out of character. Jailing Shiferw, Recorder Paul Miller said: “In April last year, in drink, you committed grievous assaults on two totally innocent victims with an improvised weapon.
“It could have tragic consequences.
“The jury found you guilty on clear evidence but it seems that you continue to blame others.”