A TEENAGER who stabbed a man after trouble broke out between a couple at a house has walked free from court.
Matthew Ellis lashed out with a knife during an argument between partners John Edwards and Lisa Richards at their Washington home.
Newcastle Crown Court heard during the row Miss Richards had asked Ellis, who was visiting the house with a pal, to “do something” – which resulted in him jabbing the knife into Mr Edwards’ chest.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court Mr Edwards, who was slamming doors and throwing things around the house during the argument with his partner, had not initially realised he had been stabbed.
Mr Pallister said: “The defendant swung his left fist and hit Mr Edwards to the left side of his chest.
“Mr Edwards assumed he had been punched, hit with a fist, and was initially unconcerned. He then realised his T-shirt where he had been hit was wet.
“He pulled his T-shirt over his head and heard a noise of metal hitting the floor.
“On looking down he saw the blade of the knife on the floor, minus the handle.
“He realised he was bleeding from the chest and asked Lisa to call an ambulance.”
The court heard the injury to Mr Edwards’ chest was treated with Steri strips and he was released from hospital the same night.
Ellis, of Co-operative Terrace, Concord, admitted unlawful wounding, in September last year, at an earlier hearing.
Recorder David Dobbin sentenced the 18-year-old to a community order for two years with 250 hours’ unpaid work and supervision.
The judge said: “There was an argument between the injured party and his girlfriend, and when she said something like ‘do something’ you did.
“But unfortunately what you did was criminal in that you picked up a knife.
“The use of a knife can potentially result in the most serious of injuries.”
The judge said, despite his initial thought that a prison sentence would be appropriate, that Ellis can be worked with by the probation service in the community.
Bob Spragg, defending, said: “Lisa Richards was clearly terrified by what was going on and was asking the defendant effectively to do something about it.
“Stupidly, and while in drink, he picked up the knife and effectively jabbed him once in the chest area with it, hoping that would stop his behaviour.”