A THUG who launched an unprovoked knife attack at a party has been jailed for seven years.
Michael McMurrough plunged a knife into Billy Thompson’s arm without reason.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 18-year-old apprentice joiner was left with a serious wound above his hand, and tendon damage which could affect his future career.
Prosecutor Bob Spragg told the court Mr Thompson had been sitting down at the party at Argyle Street, Sunderland, with his arm out on the sofa when he was attacked.
One witness said McMurrough brought the blade down “like a hammer,” which went straight into the victim’s flesh.
Mr Thompson realised immediately he had been badly hurt.
As blood spurted out of the victim’s injury McMurrough, who has a string of previous convictions, shouted at him “mate, don’t call the bizzies or I’ll go back to jail”.
Mr Thompson was helped out of the flat as his friends tried to stem the flow of blood.
They managed to flag down a passing police car. He was taken to hospital where he was treated by surgeons.
McMurrough, of Southwick Road, Sunderland, admitted a charge of wounding with intent on the day his trial was due to start.
The offence carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The 27-year-old hurled abuse, and shouted while having to be restrained by guards as Judge Guy Whitburn gave him the seven-year term.
The court had heard McMurrough was drunk when he carried out the attack and had acted out of character that night.
Officers at Northumbria Police today welcomed the punishment.
Neighbourhood Inspector Mick Hall, who covers the Ashbrooke area, said: “This sentence reflects the severity of the injuries that the victim suffered, and should act as a warning to anyone thinking of using a knife as a weapon that they will face the consequences of their actions.”