Knife used to jab man during row

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A MAN has admitted he launched a stabbing attack after trouble broke out between a couple at a house.

 Matthew Ellis “jabbed” John Edwards with a knife he picked up from the kitchen.

 Ellis, of Co-operative Terrace, Concord, Washington, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding during a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.

 The court heard the basis of the 18-year-old’s plea is that he armed himself while Mr Edwards was slamming doors, punching walls and throwing things around during an argument with his partner Lisa Richards, who had asked Ellis for help when trouble flared last September.

 Prosecutor Diane Spence told the court: “The defendant feared for the safety of Lisa Richards and she was shouting to him to do something about it.

 “The defendant went to the kitchen.

 “He accepts he returned to the other room with a knife and jabbed the complainant once, which he hoped would stop him behaving in the manner he was.”

 Judge Roger Thorn QC adjourned the case for the prepration of a pre-sentence report and Ellis was granted bail in the meantime.