Leeds burglar jailed over fork stab attack

Damien Wilson.
Damien Wilson.
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A violent career criminal has been jailed over his latest spate of offending which included him stabbing a man repeatedly with a fork.

Damien Wilson, 32, was jailed for three-and-half years after a court heard how he carried out the unprovoked stabbing attack on his victim at a homeless shelter.

Leeds Crown Court heard Wilson forced his way into a newsagents on Eastgate in Leeds city centre on May 29 last year and stole £3,000 of cigarettes and tobacco.


He returned to the homeless shelter later that evening with the stolen goods and bragged to others about what he had done.

Wilson and one of his friends were then seen injecting heroin before Wilson suddenly turned violent.

Mehran Nassiri,prosecuting, said Wilson targeted another resident at the shelter for “looking at him in a funny way.”

He punched the victim repeatedly in the face as he said to his friends as he carried out the attack: “You are not watching.”

Wilson then stabbed the victim repeatedly to his thigh with a fork while holding a syringe in the other hand.

Wilson was arrested and released on bail over the offences.

On June 4 this year he then broke into a compound at A1 Tyres, in Holbeck, and broke into two vehicles. He stole DVD players worth £600 and caused £300 worth of damage.

Later the same day he was seen on CCTV cameras forcing his way into the New Penny pub, on Call Lane in Leeds city centre.

Police arrived and arrested Wilson on the premises. Further camera footage inside the pub showed him climbing over the bar and trying to open tills.

Wilson, of Holtdale Grove, Holt Park, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two offences of burglary and theft.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Wilson’s long history of offending was linked to drug addiction and subsequent mental health problems.

Mr Cook said Wilson was motivated to address his offending behaviour and start a new life with his partner.

Describing the stabbing attack, judge Neil Clark said: “That must have been terrifying. The fact that you were using drugs is an aggravating factor.”