A KNIFEMAN who slashed his pal during a doorstep confrontation has been spared jail.
Brett Reay armed himself with the weapon before he went to speak to Christopher Dickinson.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 21-year-old, of Rutherglen, Red House, Sunderland, lashed out when violence flared.
Mr Dickinson was left with an eight-centimetre cut to his chest and a six-centimetre cut to his forearm.
He told police: “I could have died as he could have stabbed me and was inches from the vein on my wrist. I am very lucky.”
Reay said he had armed himself because he feared he would be attacked by the victim’s dog.
Reay admitted unlawful wounding regarding the incident on October 31.
Mr Recorder John Aitken sentenced him to 26 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 150 hours’ unpaid work.
The judge said the sentence could be suspended as Reay was not habitually violent and under normal circumstances was a “credit to society”.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Reay has a good job and was able to hand in a stack of references to his good character.
Mr Adams added: “He is devastated and appalled by his behaviour this night.”