Man jailed for stabbing a stranger - Luton

30/01/2017

A man, who stabbed a stranger after following him through the streets of Luton was today, Monday, 30 January 2017, jailed for 5 years 4 months.

Brian Wilson, aged 39, attacked the man outside the Ikon hotel in Hastings Street, causing a wound that needed 45 stitches.

Prosecutor Neil King told Luton Crown Court that Wilson, who had been drinking, followed the man through the town in the early hours of the morning. There was a verbal altercation and the victim tried to get away, but was struck on the back through his hooded top by a Stanley knife.

Wilson, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to S18 wounding with intent, which occurred on 28 September last year. He had 11 convictions for 18 previous offences.

Stefan Weidmann, defending, said: "The men did not know each other. It was completely arbitrary. If the victim had been there two minutes earlier or two minutes later it would not have happened." He said Wilson had no recollection of what happened when he spoke to him the following day, and expressed his remorse. "He has severe mental health issues and has a schizophrenia diagnosis. He has a long standing issue with alcohol," said Mr Weidmann.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Foster said: "The victim was minding his own business and had the misfortune to come across you. You were drinking and not taking your medication. It was a completely motiveless attack."

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