Man jailed for 10 years for stabbing stranger in the neck

02/12/2015

A 35-year-old man who stabbed a stranger in the neck with a knife in an apparent revenge attack for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has today been sentenced at Stoke Crown Court to 10 years.

On 12 July 2015, Josh Morris, who is of an Asian appearance, met some of his friends outside the Reginald Mitchell Public House in Hanley.

While they were outside talking, Brian Hughes approached and asked him if he knew who Lee Rigby was and then, before he could reply, stabbed him in the neck.

Mr Morris ran inside the public house with Hughes chasing him brandishing the knife.

Eventually, the defendant gave up the chase and left. The emergency services were called and Mr Morris was treated for a puncture wound to the right side of his neck.

The defendant was later arrested and he pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon.

Iain Farrimond, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The apparent motive behind this crime was Brian Hughes' extreme right wing views coupled with his desire to seek revenge for the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby.

"He spotted Mr Morris who he presumed was Asian, but who in fact was not, and proceeded to attack him with a knife.

"Following the attack, Hughes fled the scene, but he was soon identified as the offender and was arrested by the police. He has today been sentenced for wounding with intent and having an offensive weapon."