Sadistic knife attacker tried to scalp friend

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A MAN who carried out a sadistic knife attack on a friend has been jailed for 12 years.

Dylan Brown sliced the tendons of Jonathan Fenwick’s hand then used the same kitchen knife in an apparent attempt to scalp him, Durham Crown Court heard.

The 21-year-old was branded a sadist and a torturer by prosecutor Jonathan Walker.

“He wrongly thought Mr Fenwick was having an affair with his girlfriend,” said Mr Walker.

“The pair were just friends and had been for some time.

“Mr Fenwick has made a reasonably good physical recovery from his injuries, although he has lost fine control of the hand, which is making it difficult for him to do his job as a paint sprayer.”

The court heard Brown was spending the evening with one of his two girlfriends when he heard Mr Fenwick, 23, was with his second girlfriend, Renata Ianitello, at her flat in Carrville, Durham City.

Brown went to the flat and punched and kicked Mr Fenwick before attacking him with a large knife he took from the kitchen.

The attack lasted for nearly an hour, but when it finished Brown’s mood changed and he offered Mr Fenwick a drink and a lift to hospital.

Brown, of Goodyear Crescent, Sherburn Road Estate, denied wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm on February 26 last year.

He was convicted after a trial.

Brown and Ms Ianitello told the jury Mr Fenwick already had the knife injuries when they arrived at the flat.

Stephen Constantine, defending, said: “He denied it then and continues to do so.

“He has to accept a long sentence will follow, but he is still a young man, and I can only ask the court not to pass a sentence of such length that will crush him.”

Jailing Brown for 12 years, Recorder Andrew Kelbrick told him: “You were in an uncontrolled rage and carried out this attack with fist, feet and a knife which you used to sever the tendons in the right hand of a right-handed man.

“You were motivated by unfounded sexual jealousy at a time when you were enjoying the favours of two women.”

Recorder Kelbrick said Brown was a danger to the public and ordered the sentence to include an extended licence period of three years.

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