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Newlyn crack cocaine smoker knifed cousin in 'savage' attack

Aaron Semmen Image copyright Devon and Cornwall Police/BBC
Image caption Semmens was jailed for eight years after stabbing his cousin five times

A man who stabbed his cousin in the neck during a crack cocaine-smoking session has been jailed.

Aaron Semmens, 34, pleaded guilty to knifing Michael Caddy five times in Penzance, Cornwall, on 23 February.

Semmens, of Treveneth Crescent, Newlyn, stabbed Mr Caddy in the neck, face and throat with a 12cm kitchen knife while shouting "give me what you've got".

At Truro Crown Court, Semmens admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for eight years.

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Following the attack, the defendant drove into the countryside for the next two days, consuming the rest of the drugs, before being arrested, the court was told.

Judge Robert Linford described the attack as "savage".

He said: "You saturated yourself with cocaine and launched a wholly unprovoked attack on your cousin.

"He could very very easily have died. The wounds penetrated vital parts and were very close to dividing his carotid artery, which would have led to his death."

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