AN attacker posted a public message warning “people are just going to get sliced” after he was involved in violence that left a man with a knife wound to the head.
Daniel Graham needed 12 staples to a 7cm slash wound to the back of his scalp and had injuries to his body from being beaten by a cosh.
Newcastle Crown Court heard trouble flared between him and rivals Ryan Chatterjee and Jed Barry after he accused them of damaging his and his father’s cars.
After the bloody battle, Barry posted a Blackberry message on his mobile phone saying he was done with being Mr Nice and added: “People are just going to get sliced.”
Prosecutor Michael Graham told the court: “The message, the prosecution say, is related to the use of the knife.
“It seems the violence was a response to the defendants being accused of damaging Mr Graham’s car.”
The court heard it was in the early hours of June 16 Mr Graham and the attackers met in Grindon where he was injured and Chatterjee smashed up the victim’s Mercedes.
Mr Graham added: “Mr Graham returned to his vehicle. There was blood inside the vehicle from the wound to his head.
“A threat was made, we can’t say which defendant made the threat, about what would happen if the police became involved.”
The court heard police officers arrived and Mr Graham was taken to hospital.
Chatterjee, 23, of Tamworth Square, Thorney Close, and Barry, 20, of Fordfield Road, Ford Estate, both pleaded guilty to affray.
Chatterjee also admitted causing criminal damage.
Both had originally been accused of wounding with intent, but the charge was dropped after Mr Graham refused to give evidence at trial.
Mr Recorder Abdul Iqbal sentenced Chatterjee, who has previous convictions for violence, to 15 months in jail.
Barry, who has no previous convictions, was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Both men, who have been in custody for more than four months, were given a restraining order banning them contacting Mr Graham or going near his home for five years.
The judge said he believed the violence was a “pre-arranged fight” and added: “This was a serious incident involving weapons, including a knife, in a public place for all who might be passing to witness. It must have been frightening indeed.”
Graeme Cook, defending, said Chatterjee is a usually “industrious young man” who has an offer of work on his release from prison.
Stuart Graham, defending Barry, said custody has been a “salutary lesson” for his client and added: “It is a strong reminder and powerful incentive for him to never offend again.”
and think twice about getting involved in anything like this.”