A KNIFE attacker who stabbed a Burton man in the stomach during a violent argument in the street has been jailed for eight years.
Victim Elliott Deaves suffered a potentially life-threatening injury when the blade cut his liver, Stafford Crown Court heard.
Knifeman Carlton Hines followed up with a second stab in to Mr Deaves’s arm and then three or four kicks to the face as the victim screamed for help on the corner of Waterloo Street and Albert Street
Hines, 36, of Waterloo Street, Burton, was jailed after admitting charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.
Recorder Mr Stephen Thomas told him; “You went to a pre-arranged meeting with Mr Deaves, there appears to have been an argument or dispute.
“Equipping yourself with that knife could only have been for one purpose and use it you did, stabbing him in the abdomen area and ‘nicking’ his liver. It could so easily have resulted in internal bleeding and you might be here facing a more serious charge.
“That was a sustained, vicious and nasty attack.”
Nick Burn, prosecuting, said the stabbing happened on February 18 this year.
The two men had arranged to meet and Mr Deaves described how he felt what he thought was a punch to the stomach from Hines during an argument between them.
“It knocked me back. I then felt my stomach was wet, I touched it with my hand and straight away I could see blood on my hand and running down my jeans,” Mr Deaves told the police.
“There was a second lunge, I put my arms up in front of my face, I could see it was a blade. I felt the blade go in to my forearm. I fell to the floor and raised my legs to protect myself, screaming ‘help me, help me’.
He was taken to hospital and underwent an operation to treat the near one inch cut to his liver.
The court heard that Hines had a string of previous convictions and had served four and a half years in jail for a series of robberies.
Nicholas Smith, defending, said Hines, a cannabis user, had some mental health issues.
“He accepts he was entirely out of control [The attack] is not sustained - he doesn’t seem to have stabbed him on the ground or anything like that.”