Jailed: man who slashed stranger in neck with penknife after argument outside takeaway (From This Is Lancashire)
Jailed: man who slashed stranger in neck with penknife after argument outside takeaway
3:39pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
A MAN who slashed a stranger with a knife after an argument outside a Bury takeaway in the early hours of the morning has been jailed.
Allan Schofield, aged 26, of Rowan Drive, Bury, was jailed for five years and four months after pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at Bolton Crown Court.
The victim, who is now 23 years old, had been out drinking with friends in Bury town centre when, at about 2.15am on Sunday, November 6, 2011, he went to Tony's Currypot takeaway in Haymarket Street.
The victim saw Schofield standing outside the shop and they struck up a conversation, although they didn't know each other.
By this point in the night Schofield had drunk 10 pints of beer, and during the conversation an argument erupted between the two of the them, rumbling on for some time.
Eventually, the victim turned his back on Schofield and started to walking into the takeaway, but Schofield followed him and punched him several times in the face.
As he tried to defend himself, he saw Schofield was suddenly brandishing a pen knife, which he used to slash at his face and throat.
His friends rushed to help him and managed to get the victim free from Schofield's grasp and out of the takeaway.
They then locked him inside and refused to let him out until the police arrived and he was arrested.
The victim was left with several cuts on his face and neck, including one large wound in his neck.
Det Con Lindsey Worrall, from Whitefield police, said: "Once again a man ended up hospitalised after someone drank far too much and could only settle their disagreement with violence.
"Schofield completely lost it and, had it not been for the victim's friends stepping in, who knows how this would have ended, as this male still carries the scars today from his wounds.
"For that reason, Schofield is clearly a menace with a short fuse and a violent streak.
"He used a knife as an aggravating factor which could have had devastating consequences and he is definitely in the best place now - prison."
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