Man jailed for stabbing - Stevenage

03/11/2017

A man was jailed for seven years today, Friday, 3 November 2017, for a late-night stabbing at a Stevenage flat after a drinking session.

Roy O'Donoghue, aged 36, attacked the victim, who was living at the address in Spencer Way. He said had gone there on 9 April last year with co-defendant Pearce McGinnity, who had previously lived there.

St Albans Crown Court heard they had gone to collect Mr McGinnity's bags after the woman, whose flat it was, had asked him to leave. In the flat, the victim was punched, struck on the head with a Corona beer bottle and knifed. He received medical treatment in the street before being taken to hospital to be treated for six lacerations.

Roy O'Donoghue of Ditchmore Lane, Stevenage was found not guilty, after trial, of attempted murder, but guilty of an alternative charge of wounding with intent.

Pearce McGinnity, aged 27, of Parkers Field, Stevenage, was found not guilty of the same charges.

The jury heard that the two men had been drinking beers with another man at his flat in Harrow Court when they decided to collect Mr McGinnity's belongings. Mr McGinnity said when he arrived at the flat in Spencer Way, the woman started shouting at him. He said he took his two bags and left.

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