Sunderland knifeman ranted: ‘I’m going to stab him up’

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AN attacker who stabbed a man during a row over noise has been jailed for three years.

Wearsider Stephen Potter plunged a five-inch kitchen knife into Ian Dunn’s chest when an argument broke out at the hostel they both lived at in March this year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the blade narrowly missed the 25-year-old’s heart, but he is expected to make a full recovery.

Potter, 54, of Toward Road, Sunderland, admitted unlawful wounding.

Judge Esmond Faulks jailed him for three years.

He said: “It is very good fortune the knife did not penetrate his heart.”

Prosecutor Tony Hawks told the court Mr Dunn had been out on a drinking session with pals on March 9.

When he got back to the hostel, in Forest Hall, Newcastle, Potter started complaining about the noise being made.

Mr Hawks said: “An argument developed about the defendant complaining about the noise they were making.

“That ended with Mr Dunn and the defendant grappling with each other.”

The court heard Potter appeared to calm down after the initial confrontation.

He then told a fellow resident “I’m going to stab him up” and armed himself with a knife.

Mr Hawks said: “Mr Dunn tried to run up the stairs, but was stabbed once in the chest with the knife.

“There was a struggle with the knife and it would seem during the course of the struggle the defendant also sustained stabbing injuries.”

The court heard Potter is in poor health.

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