Man jailed for slashing another man's throat with a knife - Bedford

23/09/2016

Having been stabbed himself, Daniel Chandler carried a knife with him for his own protection.

But one night when he was drunk in a Bedford pub, he slashed another man's throat with the weapon, a court has heard.

Judge Michael Kay QC said: "In other circumstances this could have been a murder trial and you could have been facing a life sentence. But ultimately the injury was not that serious, although it was a frightening and traumatic event for the victim. This case is a very clear example of why people cannot carry knives for protection. For no obvious reason, in the heat of the moment, out comes the knife and it is used to attack someone."

Chandler, of Coombs Close, Bedford, pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, and possession of a knife.

The 20-year-old unemployed man was jailed for 5-years on Friday, 23 September 2016.

Laura Blackband, prosecuting, said the victim was drinking with friends in the George and Dragon pub in Bedford town centre on 25 March this year. "He was relatively drunk and became aware that a man in the group next to him seemed to be getting agitated. The man approached him and for a few seconds he tried to calm him down. Then without any provokation Chandler slashed the victim's neck with a knife. It bled very heavily, but fortunately was not as serious as it could have been." She said the victim had three stitches to the cut and although the physical injury has healed, he is now wary when out at night.

Mark Nichols, defending, said Chandler was drunk that night, but is not a regular drinker. He does not recall what happened. He had been seriously stabbed in the arm a year ago which has affected his bicep and tendons. He took to taking a knife out with him for protection. "The whole thing lasted a couple of seconds, and he has shown remorse and accepts responsibility. He is adamant that he is going to use his time in custody the best he can."

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