A MAN who was stabbed by a lifelong friend thought he was going to die.
The victim of Marc Blades told people tending his leg injury: “Tell the kids I love them, my time is up,” Durham Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Richard Bennett said Blades is ‘dependent on alcohol’ and had been drinking heavily on Boxing Day, last year.
“He formed the impression his former partner was at the home of his childhood friend Neil Thompson,” Mr Bennett told the court. “Blades phoned Mr Thompson on more than one occasion before turning up at his door. He told Mr Thompson: ‘I’m coming back with swords.’
“Blades did return a short time later.”
The court heard that when Blades returned, he drew two knives from his pockets, holding one in each hand.
Mr Thompson tried to calm him and during a struggle was stabbed in the thigh.
Blades, 38, of Potto Street, Shotton Colliery, admitted unlawful wounding, and two charges of carrying a bladed article with intent to cause fear of violence.
Judge Neil Clark jailed Blades for two years.