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Man jailed for stabbing stranger in Plymouth pub

A man who stabbed a stranger while drunk in a Plymouth pub has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Huelin, 42, stabbed Mark Kennard after he was asked to leave the Three Crowns in August 2010.

Mr Kennard was stabbed between the ribs after trying to restrain Huelin who claimed he was "paralytic" at the time.

At Plymouth Crown Court, Huelin, of Keswick Crescent, in the city, was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Self defence

The court heard the victim had tried to appease Huelin but he "pestered" Mr Kennard who said "it was inevitable that something was going to happen".

He told the court he held Huelin by the neck and told him "we are not interested, go away" before he and a friend held Huelin down on a table.

The jury was told that Huelin started lashing out with a lock knife before stabbing Mr Kennard between the ribs, missing vital organs.

Huelin, said he was drunk and could not remember anything. He also told the court he had acted in self defence.

After the trial Det Con Nick Bloom said: "If you carry a knife there is always the risk that you will find yourself in a situation where you will end up using it."

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