Sunderland man stabbed his best friend six times in fight

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A KNIFEMAN who stabbed one of his best friends six times during a street fight has been jailed.

Clinton Jarvis plunged a knife into James Balderson’s chest five times and once into his elbow.

The victim suffered internal injuries, including cuts to his diaphragm and small intestine, and needed surgery.

At Newcastle Crown Court Jarvis, 21, of Falkland Road, Sunderland, who pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, was jailed for 18 months.

Judge James Goss QC told him: “The carrying of any knife or bladed article is a danger in itself and nearly always results in an immediate custodial sentence, even when it is not used.

“Here, you had one and you used it to effect. You stabbed him a number of times.

“He sustained serious stab wounds.”

The court heard the men, who before the attack last August were one of each other’s best friends, had been drinking together, but trouble started within the group as they walked through the streets.

It remains unclear what exactly sparked the trouble, which involved others who were with them.

Prosecutor Barry Robson said: “There is large-scale confusion with regard to what exactly happened.”

The court heard an independent witness saw Jarvis being attacked by a group of men at Edwin Street, where the stabbing took place.

Mr Balderson told police he looked down and saw his T-shirt had turned “dark red” during the trouble and realised he had been stabbed.

Christopher Morrison, defending, said Jarvis was under the influence of drink and drugs and also received a stab wound during the fighting that night.

Mr Morrison said Jarvis had known the victim since they were children, but is realistic about the fact their friendship must now end.

It is understood Mr Balderson has made a good recovery from his injuries.