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Jail sentence after appallingly violent attack

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A man has been jailed after stabbing a “sword-like” implement into his former friend’s eye during a late night alternation in a Yorkshire village.

Stuart Sinclair suffered a brain haemorrhage as a result of the injury and has been left in need of round-the-clock care

His assailant Mark Ryan, 46, was last week given a four year prison sentence for causing grievous bodily harm.

Jurors at Bradford Crown Court had previously acquitted him of a more serious charge of wounding with intent to do Mr Sinclair grievous bodily harm.

Ryan had claimed to have stumbled upon the confrontation between two groups of armed men by accident. But Judge Savill said he was satisfied that the defendant had knowingly gone to the meeting, armed with the implement.

Court had heard that the two men had previously been friends, but their relationship had soured prior to the violent confrontation, which happened outside a parade of disused shops in February this year.

In mitigation, the court heard that Ryan may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; in a strange piece of irony, the defendant had himself lost the sight in one eye following a workplace accident three years ago.

Despite hearing that the defendant had shown remorse for his actions, the Judge said he had to balance this against the devastating impact the injuries had had on the victim.

Det Chief Insp Jim Dunkerley, from West Yorkshire Police, said: “Ryan was responsible for an appallingly violent attack that has left the victim with significant life-changing injuries.

“We hope the fact that he has now had to answer for his actions will provide some reassurance to the victim and serve as a reminder to others of the serious penalties that violent offences such as this will attract.”

At Lester Morrill, our experienced criminal solicitors can provide expert legal advice to those facing charges of assault, battery, GBH and wounding. For more information on how our Leeds-based team can help, please contact us today.