Man who stabbed punter outside pub jailed

SCENE: Boardwalk, Morecambe

SCENE: Boardwalk, Morecambe

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A man who knifed a man outside a pub has been jailed for four and a half years after admitting wounding with intent.

Lee Morrissey, 39, of Marine Road, Morecambe, was carrying a folding pocket knife on him on the day of the attack on November 14 last year, Preston Crown Court was told.

Morrissey stabbed victim Neil Beaumont, a plasterer from the resort, outside the Boardwalk pub in Morecambe.

The court heard the pair knew each other and had even enjoyed drinks together in the past.

Mr Beaumont, who went back into the pub to ask bar staff for help, had not been aware of any ill feeling.

Medics found the blade had punctured his bowel and damaged his spleen and he underwent surgery.

However he suffered breathing difficulties after the operation and ended up in critical care, Rachel Wood, prosecuting, told the court.

Defending, Paul Humphries said Morrissey wanted to “apologise publicly” to his victim.

Recorder Howard Bentham said: “ The mitigating features are you apologised to the victim and you are remorsefiul

“The aggravating features are the very serious consequences to Mr Beaumont.”

Afterwards he told the victim, who had attended court for the hearing: “I hope you recover and there are no further consequences.”