A 25-YEAR-OLD man who attacked a love rival with a knife after finding him at his girlfriend’s Deighton home has been jailed for unlawful wounding.
On New Year’s Eve last year Jonathan Patient visited Kerrie Pearson’s home in Hopkinson Road and they both ended up falling asleep on the sofa.
But Pearson’s boyfriend Brian Loveland then arrived at the house and in a rage he attacked Patient with a large kitchen knife.
Prosecutor Simon Haring told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Mr Patient, who had been drinking cans of lager, woke up with a sharp pain in the back of his head and when he touched it with his hand he saw blood.
He ran upstairs but Loveland chased him and lunged at him again with the knife saying: “I’m gonna kill you. Get out you’re dead.”
During the confrontation Mr Patient grabbed the blade of the foot-long knife and suffered a cut to his hand.
Loveland left the house and Mr Patient was treated in hospital for two lacerations to his scalp and the cut to this hand.
Loveland was arrested about 10 days later and denied being at the house, saying he was with his ill father.
The court heard that Loveland, of Leeds Road, Huddersfield, had originally been charged with wounding with intent, but his plea to the lesser offence of unlawful wounding was accepted by the prosecution at the trial.
Loveland’s barrister Bronia Hartley said Miss Pearson blamed herself for the incident because she had been playing the two men off against each other.
Miss Hartley said the couple were now separated for good and Loveland was now responsible for looking after his seriously ill father.
Although Loveland had a record of previous convictions Recorder Abdul Iqbal accepted he was not a violent man ordinarily.
But Recorder Iqbal said although mercifully the injuries were not serious it had been a sustained attempt to do serious harm.
Loveland was jailed for 20 months for the wounding offence, but the judge added a further four months after revoking previous community sentences for offences of theft.