Man jailed for Christmas Day stabbing

A MAN responsible for a Christmas Day stabbing which left his victim with a punctured lung has been jailed.

Annie Davidson

A MAN responsible for a Christmas Day stabbing which left his victim with a punctured lung has been jailed.

John Collis had taken drugs and drunk alcohol prior to the attack in which he stabbed a man with a kitchen knife seven times.

The 23-year-old, formerly of Jaywick but now of Spalding in Lincolnshire, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after admitting wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.


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Collis argued with his victim on Christmas Day 2008 in Jaywick before stabbing him in the back, side and arm, an injury which needed plastic surgery.

He spent two weeks in hospital being treated for his injuries.

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Det Con Rob Dines, from Clacton CID, said after the sentencing on Thursday: “As a result of our investigation Collis pleaded guilty, he admitted he had taken drugs and drunken alcohol prior to assaulting his victim with a kitchen knife.

“This case shows the dangers of picking up a weapon to resolve a dispute.

“Collis is fortunate that he is not facing a murder charge as his victim was lucky not to have received a fatal blow.”

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