A Prestatyn man who stabbed his friend five times in a row over drugs has been jailed for nine years.
Stephen Prosser admitted wounding neighbour Billy Moore with a kitchen knife near their homes in Lon Brynli last January.
Mold Crown Court heard both men had been friends and drug users – the victim had previously saved the defendant’s life after he took an overdose.
The prosecution said Mr Moore called Prosser early on Monday 4th January and would be given £10 to buy some heroin – he went to a flat but was told the drugs would not be available for 20 minutes.
Prosser became angry and said he did not believe Mr Moore when he phoned him to say the drugs would not be ready. After a heated row, Mr Moore sent him a text to get the £10 – but when Prosser arrived at the flat, a fight broke out and the victim was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the back, without at first realising what had happened.
Mr Moore discovered three litres of blood had been pouring out of him and called out to Prosser ”you’ve stabbed me”. When he tried to open the door and leave, he was stabbed a further two times – once underneath the armpit and once in the back.
Prosser wiped the knife clean using a towel and threatened an eyewitness, telling him ”you have not seen anything have you”. Mr Moore was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and later transferred to the Royal Stoke University Hospital with a punctured lung and diaphragm.
When he was interviewed by police, Prosser initially denied being at the scene. He later admitted he used the kitchen knife for stripping wires, but insisted the victim had been stabbed accidentally after bumping against him.
The defence told the court that Prosser had turned to drug abuse after losing his father and a baby girl within six months – he accepted responsibility and that he would have to live in the knowledge that he nearly killed a friend.
Prosser had denied the stabbing but changed his plea to guilty last month, before he was due to stand trial. In a victim impact statement, Mr Moore said: ”I believe he was not himself. Not so long ago I saved his life when he overdosed and this is how I am being repaid.” He has left Prestatyn since the attack, which had left him suffering nightmares
Sentencing Prosser, Judge Rhys Rowlands told him he would have been jailed for twelve years if found guilty had the case went to trial: ”You carried a knife to this house, you had previously taken heroin, you used the knife to stab him more than once and you caused very serious injuries”.
Prosser showed no remorse as he was led from the dock to begin his sentence.