Local News & Archive — July 8, 2016 at 10:22 am — Updated: July 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

Jailed for drunken knife attack on friend

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A man who attacked his friend with a child’s scooter and a knife has been told it was ‘pure good fortune’ that he did not kill him.

Lance Thomas was jailed for five years after he admitted assaulting Rhuddlan man Chad Clemson at his former home in Ruthin. The two men had been involved in a row after they had been out drinking.

Thomas (21), who suffers from ADHD, was on licence at the time of the attack. A judge warned him that he could be classified as a dangerous offender if he continued to be violent.

Prosecutors at Mold Crown Court heard Mr Clemson went to Thomas’ home on Mwrog Street overnight on Saturday 30th April. An argument broke out because Mr Clemson had wanted to go out again for more drinking.

It was claimed that Thomas had been goaded about not holding his drink – and at one point, Mr Clemson (24) hugged the defendant’s wife, Natalie Judge, as she lay in bed.

Thomas swung out of the bed and started throwing punches at Mr Clemson. A fight broke out and moved downstairs, where Thomas swung a scooter and struck the victim to the head and body at least seven times. He then reached for a knife from the kitchen and thrusted it to Mr Clemson’s head, neck and back four times.

Mr Clemson lied on the floor covered in blood, while Thomas called a taxi and took Mrs Judge and their two children to Prestatyn. But he told the driver about what happened – and he flagged down a police car in response.

Mr Clemson was wounded in the head, neck and arms – he was also bruised several times in the face, neck and back. He was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan – the court heard his injuries were not as bad as first feared.

The defence said Thomas, who had since moved to Edgbaston Road in Rhyl, had pleaded guilty to wounding at an early stage. He was still young and was taking medication for his ADHD.

His lawyer, Simon Killeen, said the court could not ignore an element or provocation – but there had been aggravating features in the case and the defendant knew he had to go to jail.

Judge Geraint Walters, sitting via videolink at Cardiff Crown Court, said the attack had escalated when Thomas wounded the victim with a knife.

A man in the public gallery at Mold, reacted angrily when Judge Walters said that ”a degree of provocation” had been involved. He accepted Thomas’ guilty plea, his personality issues and his drink problem. Had he not admitted the assault, he would have been facing a seven-and-a-half year sentence.

Thomas was told: ”Those who take knives into their possession during an altercation and then proceed to use them…are committing very serious offences indeed…It is pure good fortune that you failed to achieve what you set out to do. Let’s face it, you could have killed him.”

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