Man locked up for knife attack on brother

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A MAN who stabbed his brother in a frightening knife attack is today starting a 12-year term for attempted murder.

Calum Creighton told his family just a week before that he was going to kill sibling Robert, a court heard, after becoming angered at his alcohol abuse.

The victim’s friend James McMahon also had his neck slashed during the assault, in Carley Road, Southwick.

Both were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Prosecutor Christopher Knox told Newcastle Crown Court: “On the relevant evening, Robert Creighton, Calum Creighton’s brother, had been slumped in the chair in the living room.

“He and Mr McMahon had shared cider together.

“They had drunk three three-litre bottles of 7.6 per cent strength cider during the course of the day, and they were quite unable to defend themselves.”

The court heard that at about 7pm, Calum, 19, left a friend’s house after drinking cider.

Mr Knox said: “He left and went to where his brother and Mr McMahon were and he surprised Mr McMahon, who woke up and found himself being slashed across the throat.

“He suffered about 16 stab wounds.

“He was very lucky not to be killed since the wounds just missed the arteries in his head.

“Having attacked Mr McMahon, Calum Creighton went across and stabbed his brother in the shoulder and the knee.”

He then stabbed his brother in the chest, piercing his heart.

He was later arrested after neighbours spotted Mr McMahon lying in a pool of blood after he had staggered towards his front door.

Calum Creighton, of Benton Avenue, Town End Farm, admitted the attempted murder of his brother and a charge of wounding with intent in relation to Mr McMahon, on August 11 last year.

Paul Currer, mitigating, said the defendant had suffered from a mild adjustment disorder, and had suffered a fractured childhood.

He added: “These were offences committed against a background of long-standing anger and distress against a member of family which has been brought about alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence.

“He has very early memories at the age of four of five seeing his father have an alcohol induced seizure.

“This wasn’t a planned attempt to kill.

“He doesn’t set to diminish the seriousness of the offence.”

Calum was given 12 years in a young offenders’ institution.

Judge James Goss told him: “Having expressed to a number of people that you intended to kill your brother, you went round to his [Mr McMahon’s] flat armed with a knife and there you slashed his throat, very nearly killing him.

“But for the skill of the surgeon, he would have died.

“You then turned you attention to your brother and stabbed him through the heart.

“This was a planned offence. When you went to that place that day you intended to kill your brother and were quite prepared to use serious violence on James McMahon.

“Mercifully for them and for you they haven’t suffered any long term repercussions.”