Attacker who slashed man with knife in street fracas jailed

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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An attacker who slashed a man’s nose with a large bread knife in a street attack has been jailed for four and a half years.

Victim Clayton Crowe, from Chorley, was left with two cuts to his head and needed stitches to his septum after the attack outside a house on April 4.

Photographs of the weapon were showed to Judge Michael Byrne, who said: “The photographs of the knife indicate it is a kitchen bread knife with an elongated blade, one can well understand that its use in the circumstances in which Ogden admits he did, must have been a terrifying and potentially very dangerous incident.”

Attacker Andrew Ogden, 29, a builder from Foster Street, Chorley, admitted wounding with intent in a hearing before Preston Crown Court.

Co-defendant Gareth Mason, 24, of Lakeland Gardens, Chorley, who has eight convictions for 14 offences, admitted affray and was jailed for 12 months after the court accepted he played a lesser role in the “joint enterprise”.

Prosecuting Mercedah Jabbari said: “Clayton Crowe was visiting his sister Tammy Parker and his brother-in-law in Foster Street with his partner. They put the children to bed, but then heard a banging on the window.”

The court heard Crowe’s brother-in-law was outside shouting and Mr Crowe went outside to see what it was all about. Neighbour Andrew Ogden also became aware of the altercation, though he was not initially involved. When he approached the group a scuffle broke out. He went back into his house and got a kitchen knife, returning to the scene, lunging at Mr Crowe.

Mason accepted swearing and shouting during the incident and caught Mr Crowe’s sister in the face during the fracas, the court heard. The victim was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital at 1.20am on April 4, telling medics he had asked some neighbours to turn music down and was assaulted.