Jail sentence for Scunthorpe man (43) who carried out unprovoked knife attack
A MAN viciously stabbed his victim in an unprovoked knife attack which left him seriously injured and unable to work, a court heard.
Steven Connolly, 43, of Tiverton Court, Torrington Road, Scunthorpe, was jailed for 27 months after he admitted wounding Mark Muir on June 30.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Mr Muir and his wife Jemma were at a barbecue at a location that was not revealed.
He said Connolly began speaking to Mrs Muir in the kitchen but they had a difference of opinion over a woman.
The prosecutor said Connolly also spoke to Mr Muir about the matter but later raised his voice and made comments through his gritted teeth.
He told the court that Connolly later stabbed Mr Muir in an unprovoked attack with a kitchen knife.
Mr Muir was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital suffering a deep wound of about 3cm to 4cm wide to his abdomen.
The knife had penetrated his small bowel and part of it had to be removed to repair the damage caused, said Mr Evans.
Mr Muir, a steel erector, had been left unable to work and became unemployed after a contract was terminated, added Mr Evans. He said his sporting interests and home life had also been affected.
Gordon Stables, mitigating, said the attack was totally out of character and on the spur of the moment.
He told the court glowing references spoke very highly of Connolly, including help he had given to a Paralympic athlete.
Recorder Peter Pimm told him: "This was a very serious offence.
"It's the most serious form of violence, other than a gun, that can be used against another human being.
"As a result of what you did to him, he lost his employment. Now he is unable to lift heavy objects and is still seeing his GP. The damage you caused is very substantial."