2:40pm Monday 18th February 2013
A 37 YEAR-old Pensnett father who stabbed his former girlfriend's husband with a holiday souvenir has been jailed for 16 months.
Carl Brookes used the knife – which he bought as a memento from a monk's shrine in Thailand - to stab Adam Willis in the stomach, said Mohammed Hafeez prosecuting.
He told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Mr Willis' wife felt text messages she had been sent by Brookes were offensive and as a result her husband went round to Brookes’ Chapel Street home.
There was a heated argument between the two men, threats were made and they got into a fight but Brookes then went into the house to pick up the knife the court heard.
Mr Willis also suffered two wounds to a hand was was detained in hospital overnight due with his stab injury, but was discharged the following day after escaping serious injury.
Brookes admitted wounding and was told by Judge Michael Challinor it was an aggravating feature of the case that he had gone into his home to arm himself with the knife.
The judge said: "I accept what you did was spontaneous and impulsive but this was an element of premeditation. Anyone who arms himself with a knife and uses it in a physical confrontation must know they run the grave risk of causing serious injury."
Simon Rippon defending described Brookes as a man of positive good character and maintained there had been some provocation in the incident.
He was an "idiot" to respond in the way he did, said Mr Rippon who told the court the knife normally sat on a stand in the porch.
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