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Man jailed after admitting to Leamington stabbing

A man has been jailed for more than five-and-a-half years after he slashed a man with a knife during a fight in Leamington.

Joel Watts, 38, of Kenilworth Road, Leamington pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the man when he appeared at Warwick Crown Court in June.

He also admitted possession of a knife.

Yesterday (23 July), at the same court, he was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

The incident happened in a car park in Packington Place on the evening of Saturday 2 March. Watts got into a fight with the victim - a man in his 30s - when he pulled a knife and slashed the victim to the face and neck.

Police were alerted to the incident by a CCTV operative who saw the fight on his screen.

Officers attended and Watts was arrested at the scene.

The victim attended hospital after where he was treated for lacerations to his face.

Officer in the case, Detective Constable Rachel Priestley from Leamington CID, said: "The victim suffered a serious injury and it could have been a lot worse if a relative hadn't intervened and disarmed Watts.

"The length of this sentence reflects the severity of knife crime and how seriously police and the courts take it. We are committed to tackling the knife crime problem and we will take action against offenders, as this case has shown."

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 24/07/19