40-month prison sentence for knife attacker

Date: Friday 14th September 2018

A MAN was stabbed and his mother wounded as shocking violence erupted in Keswick.

Trouble began just yards from the moot hall and ended with Lee Stafford needing 26 stitches to an eight-inch leg injury described by a judge as “formidable”. His mother, Joan, suffered a cut to her face.

Both injuries were caused by Scott Pearson with a blade he took from his work trousers in a “moment of madness”.

Pearson (32), Dene Court, Man-chester, had been celebrating his birthday with others at Keswick’s Golden Lion pub on 5th July, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

He, Callum Devlin (22), Main Road, Seaton, and Ryan James (31), Sealand Road, Manchester, were “minding their own business” at the front of the premises when the Staffords and another man approached them following an earlier altercation.

An attack on Pearson began violence which flared in two separate incidents, at the front and back of the pub — both captured on CCTV.

Devlin was involved in punching and kicking, while James also kicked out before becoming a peacemaker.

Pearson also lashed out, and it was during the second incident that he used a knife to stab Mr Stafford in the calf, and then cut the face of his mother. She had been “goading” defendants during both incidents, the court heard.

After the violence ended, Pearson, Devlin and James were found by police on the A66 near Threlkeld, having driven away. Pearson later admitted wounding Mr Stafford with intent, wounding his mother and possessing a bladed article. He was given a 40-month prison sentence, the court hearing he had previous convictions for robbery and blade possession.

Recorder Mark Ainsworth told him: “Anyone involved in the cases that appear before these courts, day in and day out, will know the risks that can arise when people resort to using knives on the streets.”

The other two defendants admitted affray, Devlin also admitting drink-driving after the violence. He must complete 200 hours’ unpaid work, a three-month night-time curfew and an 18-month driving ban. James was fined a total of £250.