TWO men suffered knife wounds when the car they were in was ambushed by a gang.
Scott Lacey and Stuart Rose were targeted as they sat in a VW Golf parked behind a boxing club in Hollycarrside, Sunderland, in February.
Newcastle Crown Court heard both men were stabbed at through the open front seat windows of the vehicle while being ordered to hand over cash.
Both of them suffered serious injuries to their hands.
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Carl Minto, whose nickname is “nutter”, was jailed for four-and-a-half years for his part in the terrifying assault.
The 19-year-old, of Hewitt Avenue, Hollycarrside, who has previous convictions for a serious assault on a 14-year-old boy and an assault on a 61-year-old woman, had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to Mr Lacey and robbery. Mr Recorder Andrew Haslam told him: “Mr Lacey was injured significantly to his fingers and there were threats of violence by you while brandishing the knife.
“No doubt it was a particularly frightening incident for Mr Lacey and his friend Mr Rose.”
Prosecutor Glen Gatland told the court Mr Lacey and Mr Rose had been driving around until it was time to collect Mr Rose’s girlfriend from work that day and had decided to park up.
Mr Gatland said: “Three to four men suddenly appeared and went directly to the car.”
Mr Gatland said Mr Rose was the first to come under attack as he sat in the driver’s seat and was warned “give me your money or I’m going to cut your throat”.
The court heard a knife was also pushed through the window of the side of the car where Mr Lacey was sitting.
Mr Gatland said: “He said he grabbed the knife with his right had and it caused injuries to his fingers.
“His mobile phone was grabbed and Mr Lacey ended up with 11 stitches to his hand.”
None of the other attackers have been caught.
At the sentencing hearing Christopher Morrison, defending, handed in a letter Minto had written for his victim Mr Lacey.
It said: “I am writing to show you I am so sorry for what I did that day. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“I promise it won’t happen again. I am looking to turn my life around.
“I am so sorry for what happened. I would do anything to show I am sorry.”