Victim stabbed in neck with bottle during Leeds street fight with former in-law

Matthew Hodgson
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A MAN who stuck a glass bottle in his former brother-in-law’s neck during a family feud has been jailed for four years.

A court heard Matthew Hodgson carried out the attack on Billy Wilson in the middle of a street in front of their children.

Mr Wilson had to undergo a three-hour operation following the attack.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attack happened after a dispute between Hodgson’s partner and Mr Wilson’s new partner on July 11 last year.

Andrew Stranex, prosecuting, said one of the women punched the other during the argument. One of the women had been drinking from a bottle at the time.

A short time later Hodgson got hold of the bottle, held it by the neck and smashed it on the floor.

Hodgson, 28, swore at Mr Wilson before lunging at him with the weapon and stabbing him in the neck with it.

Mr Wilson then fell to the floor after Hodgson pulled the bottle away.

Hodgson, of Armley Ridge Road, Armley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

Michael Miller, mitigating, said Hodgson has no previous convictions and is of previous good character.

He said Hodgson had initially tried to be the peacemaker in the dispute but lost his temper and lashed out.

Mr Miller said his client was remorseful for what he had done and had acted out of character. A probation service report into his behaviour assessed Hodgson as being unlikely to re-offend.

Jailing Hodgson, judge Sally Cahill said: “I accept this was a one-off incident in a moment of madness. But this is no excuse. You must take full responsibility.”

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