Jealous drunk jailed for slashing girlfriend with a Stanley knife for kissing his friend

Dean Tweedie was jailed for three years and four months.
Dean Tweedie was jailed for three years and four months.

A man from South Tyneside has been jailed after slashing his girlfriend with a Stanley knife.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Dean Tweedie had been in a volatile relationship with Janine Irving for four years when he attacked her.

He clearly regrets what he’s done. He regrets the injuries he’s caused to this young lady. He regrets any distress he has caused to her and her family.

Vic Laffey, defending

The 30-year-old had been taking amphetamine while drinking with friends at their home in Marshall Wallis Road, South Shields, on the night of the attack on January 11.

The court heard Tweedie’s friend Gareth Smith remained at the house after others left and Tweedie began arguing with Ms Irving about her past infidelity.

When Tweedie heard she had kissed Mr Smith earlier that evening, he picked up a Stanley knife and started slashing her with it - causing cuts to her head, stomach, arm and hand.

She had to have 14 stitches to her arm following the attack.

Nick Dry, prosecuting, said: “The argument escalated and Tweedie picked up a Stanley knife and started slashing Janine Irving. She was in her dressing gown and was on the floor trying to get away from him.

Mr Dry said Mr Smith called police.

The court heard how Tweedie was trying to wash Ms Irving down in the shower when the police arrived.

Mr Dry said: “The police found her standing in the bath, under the shower, crying hysterically. The defendant told one of the officers she was in a fight with unknown girls, to which she replied ‘Dean did it.’”

Tweedie admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Vic Laffey, defending, said: “The defendant accepts that the relationship between him and Miss Irving is over now. This is an offence which, even at this stage, was out of character for the type of things this man has been involved in before.

“He clearly regrets what he’s done. He regrets the injuries he’s caused to this young lady. He regrets any distress he has caused to her and her family.”

The judge, Recorder Mckone told Tweedie: “The fact you were drunk and under the influence of drugs is no excuse. It would be very much in her interest and your interest for this relationship to remain over.”

Recorder Mckone sentenced Tweedie to three years and four months in prison.

He also handed Tweedie a five-year restraining order against Ms Irving and ordered him to pay the statutory surcharge of £120.