A 39-year-old has been jailed after slashing a fellow Widnes man’s face at a pub in the town.
Clint Kelly, of Lea Street, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday 27 November.
The charges relate to an incident at The Derby public house on Widnes Road in the town centre.
At around 8pm on Sunday 7 October a 58-year-old man from Widnes pushed Kelly back into the pub from the smoking area.
He did this after Kelly came towards him in an aggressive manner after the 58-year-old had told him to stop shouting and swearing at a woman in the smoking area.
Kelly left the pub for a few moments before running back inside, going through to the smoking area and slashing the 58-year-old’s face with a knife.
A melee ensued as members of the public restrained Kelly.
He then left the pub and was arrested outside of it a short time later.
Kelly was visibly intoxicated as he made threats of violence to the officers who were called to the scene as well as to passers-by.
The officers restrained him and the victim was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital.
The 58-year-old is receiving ongoing treatment for his injuries and it is feared that the attack has caused permanent damage.
Detective Inspector Ian Whiley said: “This case is a classic example of why people shouldn’t carry knives. A few cross words in the smoking area of a pub has led to the victim suffering a serious facial injury requiring ongoing medical treatment and Kelly behind bars serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence.
“Thankfully in this case the injury the victim sustained was not life threatening. However it was life changing.
“When people carry knives it is only a matter of time before someone suffers life changing injuries or is sadly killed.
“The simple fact is if you carry a knife then you are much more likely to be involved in a knife crime.
“Carrying a knife doesn’t make you safer and the consequences can be devastating for all of those involved.
“Kelly’s victim may be left with a permanent physical reminder of what happened that night and the terrifying attack has also left him with psychological scars.
“I hope the significant custodial sentence that Kelly has received for his actions will deter other people from carrying knives and that it sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate knife crime in Widnes.
“Knife crime is an issue that rightly causes serious concern within the Widnes area and impacts on all of our communities.
“We are committed to doing all we can to tackle it and are pleased the judge has reflected the seriousness of this crime during Kelly’s sentencing.
“We will respond robustly to any knife related incidents and ensure that anyone found to be carrying a knife or committing a knife related offence is swiftly brought to justice.
“But the police cannot beat knife crime without the help of the rest of the community and we urge anyone with information about people who may be carrying knives to come forward and speak to us or Crimestoppers.”
Anyone who knows someone that carries a knife can report it to Crimestoppers, an independent charity that can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To report any type of knife crime call Cheshire Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Information can also be passed to the force online via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries.