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Man launched savage attack over £90 debt

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A Leeds loan shark who had attacked a man with a samurai sword has been jailed for six years.

Court heard that David Jones had gone to a basement flat in Beeston to confront his victim about a £90 debt.

On entering the property he unsheathed the blade and told the debtor, who has not been named, that he was going to kill him.

The man had tried to take cover behind his sofa but Jones lunged forward and struck him on the arm with the sword. He then produced another weapon – a dagger – and stabbed his victim in the shoulder blade.

Following the attack, Jones warned his victim that he’d “be back” and left the property. The man, who was bleeding from his wounds, fled to a neighbour’s house and an ambulance was called. He later received hospital treatment for a fractured collar bone and lacerations to his arm and shoulder.

Police officers later interviewed the victim and were told that Jones operated as a money lender. He had acquired the nickname “Double Bubble” because people would owe twice what he had lent them.

Jones, who was linked to the scene by CCTV footage, had been arrested and initially refused to comment.

He later admitted wounding with intent and two offences of possessing a bladed weapon.

Court had heard that the defendant regretted his actions, on August 6th this year, but Judge Peter Collier QC said that the attack justified a “sentence of considerable length.”

Sentences for assault vary depending on which end of the scale the act falls in – the more serious the assault, the more severe the sentence. Having the right legal representation at the earliest opportunity can mean the difference between a community order and a prison sentence. For further advice contact Lester Morrill’s criminal law team today.