Stoke man stabbed his victim in broad daylight while high on ‘monkey dust’

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A Stoke-on-Trent man who stabbed his victim with a kitchen knife while high on ‘monkey dust’ was jailed yesterday (April 18).

Jack James, 23, of Selwyn Street, Stoke-on-Trent, stabbed his victim which resulted in a punctured lung and caused an artery to bleed.

The victim, who has not been named, was taken to hospital where he underwent emergency open chest surgery.

James, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of a knife in a public place.

Prosecuting, Miss Joanne Barker, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court that the 39-year-old victim was visiting a friend on Butler Street when the incident occurred.

She said: “As the victim was leaving he heard a male voice shout, ‘You’re finished now’ and felt a blow to the back of the head.

“He turned and saw the defendant, who moved as though to go towards him saying, ‘I’m going to kill you’ and he was swinging at him with a knife.

“The victim tried to get home but collapsed to the floor before he was taken to hospital.”

CCTV footage shows the defendant fleeing the scene and throwing something into a nearby garden.

During a search of the area, Staffordshire Police recovered a kitchen knife.

Defending James, Andrew Turnock, said: “The 23-year-old that appears here today is the product of a brutal upbringing.

“At the time of the incident a perfect storm prevailed. He was suffering from paranoia due to his mental health issues.

“His PDSD which he has been diagnosed with since the age of ten has been in remission and his paranoia has also been in remission.

“He had not been taking the medication he had been asked to take and was taking monkey dust. This explains his mental state the night he committed these serious offences.”

James has been sentenced to five years and four months in custody and two years and eight months on licence.

He was also given a restraining order, banning himself from contacting the victim.

Judge Glenn told the defendant: “You had been using Monkey dust which is described as an evil substance.

“You caused a lot of damage to the victim and his family who talks about having nightmares and flashbacks.

“The attack you carried out seems to have been unprovoked and you were plainly carrying a knife.”

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