Man slashed victim’s neck

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A KNIFEMAN who slashed his victim’s neck in a horrific street attack has been put behind bars.

David Burridge, 34, left James Van Der Vord bleeding from a gaping flesh wound after the daytime assault.

Mr Van Der Vord, 41, was taken to South Tyneside Hospital after the attack at the popular shopping area, but had to be transferred to Sunderland Royal Hospital for emergency treatment, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

No explanation has been given for the attack and it is unclear if the men knew each other.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: “The offence was in a public place and was witnessed by a teenage boy.

“The mother of the boy said he suffered nightmares in relation to what he had seen.”

Burridge, of Bright Road, Roker, Sunderland, yesterday admitted unlawful wounding and having an offensive weapon.

Judge John Milford jailed him for 32 months.

The judge said: “You, for reasons best known to yourself, slashed the neck of the victim.

“Mr Van Der Vord has not co-operated with the police, but he sustained extremely-unpleasant injuries to his neck.”

Shopkeeper Alan Steward spoke at the time about his shock at finding Mr Van Der Vord covered in blood after he had been slashed last November in Prince Edward Road in South Shields.

The 55-year-old had been working at Hector Hall fruit shop when the attack happened.

He said after the incident: “I was in the shop when a girl just ran in saying her boyfriend had been stabbed.

“I ran outside, saw him and came back in and got a tea towel to try to stop the blood.

“Others came to help and we were trying to keep the tea towel to his neck.”

He said the injury “was horrific”.