Cottingham: Seven years behind bars for Cottingham knife attack

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Cottingham: Seven years behind bars for Cottingham knife attack

A 51-year-old man has been jailed for seven-years after he slashed a man with a knife in an unprovoked attack in March this year.

Andrew Stamford of Ramsden Place, Cottingham, entered a guilty plea at Hull Crown Court to Section 18 GBH (Grievous Bodily Harm) following his arrest on Thursday 8 March 2018. 

At around 6pm that day, Stamford shouted abuse at a 23-year-old man known to him, before following him to a nearby take away. Stamford continued to shout abuse and when the man approached him, Stamford pulled a Stanley knife out of his pocket with the blade extended.

Stamford attempted to slash the man’s face however the man was able to avoid injury and in a slight altercation, Stamford ended up on the floor. The man started to walk away and while his back was turned, Stamford again lunged in with the knife, this time leaving a six-inch long cut on the man’s bicep.

He was taken to hospital to be treated, and Stamford was arrested and swiftly charged. He pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court and was sentenced on Monday 12 November.

DC Kim Blackburn investigating said: “The injury the victim suffered could have been significantly more serious, thankfully his jacket stopped the blade from penetrating deeper into his arm.

“I hope he feels some sense of justice has been achieved now Stamford is behind bars, and I sincerely hope Stamford thinks about his reckless and violent actions on that March day now he is in prison.

“You are more likely to use a knife by carrying it, and the consequences are serious. Anyone who carries a knife, or is thinking about carrying one, this incident and sentence should send a very clear message; you too could be looking at a lengthy prison sentence if you choose to take action into your own hands and become involved in any form of knife crime.”