Man jailed after knife attack on friend before night out

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A man who cut his friend up with a kitchen knife then went for a night out with him in Scarborough has been jailed for 20 months.

The disturbing incident happened inside Keith Stevenson’s flat in The Crescent, where he and two friends were “pre-loading” drinks before going out to a nightclub in the town, York Crown Court heard.

Inside the flat, a good-natured get-together turned sour when Stevenson, 39, seemed to take offence at something his friend had said and slashed him in the face with a knife, causing two deep cuts to his neck and chin, and a long scratch on his jaw.

The victim, who was named in court, was soaked in blood but he and a female friend, who witnessed the incident, then went out for more drinks with Stevenson, who even helped to clean up his friend’s wounds.

They arrived at Quids Inn in St Nicholas Street, but only Stevenson and his female friend were allowed in because the victim’s face and T-shirt were covered in blood.

Prosecutor Laurie Scott said the female witness later reported Stevenson to police. Officers turned up at his flat, roused him out of bed and arrested him.

Stevenson appeared in court for sentence on Monday after admitting a Section 20 assault – inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of witness intimidation by offering his friends £50 each to keep quiet about the incident on December 13.

The victim, who had only a hazy recollection of the incident, didn’t realise he had been stabbed until he went to the bathroom and saw blood dripping on the floor. Stevenson said he couldn’t remember the incident, but the female witness said she saw him sat on the sofa with two knives by his side.

Stevenson - who appeared in court via video link from Hull Prison - had previous convictions for robbery, wounding and assault dating back over 10 years. Defence barrister Ben Campbell said the father-of-one was extremely remorseful and had even written letters of apology to the victim and his female friend.