Knifeman jailed for causing spinal injuries to victim

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A MAN who stabbed a rival in the back during a fight at a flat has been jailed for two years.

Paul Scholes, 29, used a knife he had been cutting up cocaine with to stab his victim between the shoulder blades.

A court heard the victim was taken to hospital to have the wound stitched and it was initially thought no serious damage had been done.

But three months after the attack, which took place on December 14 last year, it was revealed that the weapon had damaged part of the man’s spinal cord.

Richard Canning, prosecuting, said the victim still suffers from pains in his arms, legs and shoulders and was struggling to work.

Mr Canning said the victim was also suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and was now afraid to go out alone.

The court heard the attack happened at a flat on Primrose Hill, Wakefield, where several people had been drinking and taking drugs. Mr Canning said the victim had been involved in a fight and Scholes then joined in the attack.After being arrested Scholes, of Grove Road, Wakefield, told police he had been using the knife to cut up cocaine and did not realise he had the weapon in his hand when he struck out. He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

The court heard he has 11 previous convictions, including serving a prison sentence for possession of a firearm.

Richard Gioserano, mitigating, said Scholes had not deliberately armed himself with the weapon before the attack but had been using it for another purpose.

Jailing Scholes, judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “It was an extremely unpleasant incident, exacerbated by the fact that there was also drugs involved at the time and that is what you had been taking immediately prior to this incident.”

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