Man jailed for three years over Torr Street stabbing

Adam Morton
Adam Morton

An alcoholic who carried out a stabbing in Gainsborough which put his victim in hospital has been jailed for a total of three-and-a-half years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Adam Morton was already on bail for an earlier knife attack when he travelled to Gainsborough in breach of his bail condition not to enter the town.

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Torr Street cordoned off in Gainsborough G130117-1b

Sarah Lloyd, prosecuting, said that Morton went to a house in Torr Street where he spent time drinking with friends.

Morton was asked to leave in the early hours and was escorted downstairs by his friend Jonathan Guilliatt. But as Mr Guilliatt went to open the door he felt a sharp pain to his neck and then pain in his lower back.

Miss Lloyd said: “He could feel blood pouring from his neck. He turned round and saw the defendant and then ran upstairs to get help from his mother and father.”

Morton was seen waving a long thin-bladed knife before leaving the premises. He then made his way from Gainsborough to Worksop where he was arrested the following day.

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Torr Street cordoned off in Gainsborough G130117-1c

Miss Lloyd said: “Jonathan Guilliatt received puncture wounds to either side of his neck and to his lower back. He feels lucky that the knife missed his jugular and his spine and he is thankful that the injuries were not more serious.”

“He said the defendant is a reasonable man when sober but turns violent when drunk.”

Miss Lloyd said at the time of the incident Morton was on bail after an attack on another friend 10 days earlier.

On that occasion, Morton had again been drinking with friends before an argument broke out. Morton confronted Jamie Wade who responded b y headbutting him. Then Morton produced a knife and jabbed it towards Mr Wade’s ribs. Mr Wade tried to protect himself and suffered injuries to his left leg and arm which needed hospital treatment.

Morton ,20, of Birchwood Grove, Westfield, Sheffield, admitted two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm as a result of the incidents on 7th and 17th January.

He admitted criminal damage after using a traffic cone to smash a glass door at Tesco in Gainsborough on 21st December and also admitted breaching a 12-month suspended jail sentence imposed at Nottingham Crown Court on 2nd July 2012 for attempted robbery.

Chris Gabbittas, defending, said: “He has a problem with alcohol. All of these offences were committed when he was under the influence of alcohol. He has been attempting to rid himself of the addiction.

“He wants to serve his time in custody and hopes there will be no alcohol issues on his release.”