Knife thug jailed for stabbing girlfriend’s neighbour

BEHIND BARS ... David Loch has been locked up.
BEHIND BARS ... David Loch has been locked up.

A MAN has been jailed for stabbing his girlfriend’s neighbour with a six-inch kitchen knife.

David Loch stabbed his victim in the left shoulder, breaking the knife in the process, before threatening him with another blade.

The attack – on Friday, March 7 – occurred when the victim returned to his home in New Road, Boldon Colliery, to find a noisy neighbour, Loch’s girlfriend at the time, shouting at him out of her kitchen window.

In response, the victim asked what she was talking about before telling her to get her “hard man” to come out and sort out the problem.

Loch, 24, obliged, then attempted to punch the victim but missed.

When the victim laughed at him, Loch went back into the house and returned carrying a knife with a six-inch blade.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting, said: “He slashed the knife towards the victim’s stomach a couple of times, then stabbed him in the left shoulder, snapping the blade in the process.

“The victim explained how he had pulled the blade out of his left shoulder.

“The defendant appeared with another knife, and the victim explained the incident as being unprovoked.

“The victim had treatment at South Tyneside District Hospital. He had a one-centimetre laceration and stitches to the wound.

“The defendant admitted being drunk and said he had a fight with no weapons and then went to get a knife.”

Loch, of Victoria Road, South Shields, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and having an offensive weapon.

He smirked in the dock as Miss Smurthwaite told the court that he had 15 convictions for 22 offences.

Thomas Laffey, defending, said: “He is nothing if not practical about the situation.

“He accepts he is going to get a custodial sentence for this. He entered his guilty plea at a very early stage.

“He has went from one accommodation and disastrous relationship to another.

“He needs to get some stability and accommodation and then he can start to make his life offence-free.

“He has lost touch with his son, who is about three years old now. That quite clearly causes him a great deal of upset.”

Judge John Evans told Loch: “You recognise that there is no alternative than to give you a custodial sentence.

“Using a knife the way you did is simply unacceptable.

“Your behaviour seems to be largely directed by drink, and if you had stopped the drink, maybe you would have dealt with this matter in a different way.

“You acted in a way that was out of control.”

Judge Evans sentenced Loch to 16 months in prison and ordered him to pay a statutory surcharge of £100.

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