Man who stabbed friend in the neck gets three years

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A THUG who stabbed a man in the neck during an attack at the victim’s home has been jailed for three years.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Clive Martindale, 21, stabbed 45-year-old Danny Sagar during the incident at Mr Sagar’s flat in Dewsbury town centre.

Prosecutor James Lake said Martindale and accomplice Gareth Douglas, 29, lay in wait for Mr Sagar outside the flat on August 4.

Mr Lake said Martindale pushed Mr Sagar into the flat and started demanding pills.

The court heard Martindale punched Mr Sagar in the face.

Mr Lake said: “He was frightened as to what might happen next. Martindale started waving the knife in his face, saying ‘I will stab you’.

“The complainant bravely grabbed Martindale’s hands. There was pushing and shoving. Martindale managed to break free.

“He stabbed the knife into the left hand side of his neck.

“Blood was visible immediately. A neighbour overheard the incident and called police.”

Mr Sagar was taken to hospital for treatment to a puncture wound to his neck.

Martindale, of no fixed abode, admitted blackmail and wounding.

Gareth Douglas, also known as Gareth Drury, of Lobley Street, Heckmondwike, admitted blackmail.

Alasdair Campbell, for Martindale, said he is an intelligent man who is working with the Howard League for Penal Reform while in prison.

Khaleeq Zaman for Douglas, said: “He is naive, gullible and foolish.”

Judge Penelope Belcher jailed Martindale for three-years-and-two-months.

Douglas was handed an eight-month prison sentence, which was suspended for 18 months.

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