Judge spares Grantham man jail sentence after knife fight

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court
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A Grantham man has been given a suspended jail sentence after causing injuries with a knife.

Luke Garner armed himself with a bread knife when he confronted the victim after being goaded by him.

Mark Watson, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “Garner took the knife and went outside for a confrontation.

“There was a scuffle between the two of them involving shoving, one or two punches and grappling.

“During the scuffle the victim received injuries caused by the knife. He had a one-inch cut on the ring finger of his left hand and three cuts to his right cheek. Those cuts are described as superficial and minor.”

Garner, 24, of Burrows Close, Grantham, admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of a bladed article in a public place as a result of the incident on June 23 this year.

He was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for a year with 120 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Michael Heath said that throughout the incident Garner had been trying to protect his partner’s cousin from the victim.

He told Garner: “Your mistake was to take a bread knife out into the street to frighten him into leaving. He had been goading you and what you should have done was simply keep the door locked.

“If this had been a deliberate stabbing I would have had no hesitation in sending you straight into custody.”

Chris Milligan, defending, said there was a “substantial amount of provocation”.

Mr Milligan added that the injuries were not caused deliberately but occurred during the scuffle that ensued.