A KNIFEMAN’S cousin who tried to scare a stab victim out of giving evidence in court has been jailed.
Richard Morrow was locked up for 10 years last December for a knife attack on Kieron Flynn which caused him to lose six pints of blood and need life-saving hospital treatment.
The 22-year-old was convicted after Mr Flynn gave evidence about his ordeal in court.
Newcastle Crown court heard Mr Flynn was threatened and put under pressure in the build-up to his appearance in the witness box and had been offered £1,000 to withhold his evidence.
Morrow’s cousin Brett Ingram, of Rowlandson Terrace, Sunderland, who admitted witness intimidation, was put behind bars for 12 months.
The court heard during a series of 18 calls in the space of 24 hours during the days before the trial, Ingram made an offer to “buy off” Mr Flynn and threatened him with violence.
The 24-year-old, who has convictions for violence, had told Mr Flynn during one of the calls “I will lash you all over”.
Judge Penny Moreland told him: “You passed on an offer from others to pay the witness off and you passed on threats made by others.
“You made a threat of your own.
“This is a very serious matter because it attempts to interfere with due process of the criminal justice system.”
Christopher Knox, defending, said Ingram’s offending was unsophisticated and he had been saying what other people wanted him to say.
Mr Knox said: “It was family solidarity, misguided family loyalty.” Both of Mr Flynn’s lungs were punctured by 20-year-old Morrow in the attack.
The court heard during the trial that if the 22-year-old victim had been older or less fit, he would not have survived.
Mr Flynn had avoided a third blow, which had been aimed at his head, by ducking out of the way of the knife.
The court heard the men, who had known each other since they were children, had fallen out after Mr Flynn accused Morrow of burgling his home in the weeks before the attack.
Morrow, of Harelaw Drive, Roker, Sunderland, denied wounding with intent, but was convicted by a jury after three hours’ deliberation.
The court heard the attack happened on August 16 when Morrow turned up at a flat which Mr Flynn was visiting.
Mr Flynn managed to stagger out of the property after he was attacked, but collapsed nearby where neighbours rushed to help.