Man jailed for stabbing Saltash teen in the chest

Truro Crown Court
Image caption Truro Crown Court heard Andrew Barker owed his victim £300

A man who stabbed a teenager from Cornwall at least seven times has been jailed for six years.

Andrew Barker, 25, from Alamein Road, Saltash, caused life-threatening injuries to Robert Scott in a row over an unpaid drug debt.

Truro Crown Court heard on Friday Mr Scott, 19, was saved by the swift action of medical experts following the fight on Alamein Road.

The court heard Barker owed the victim up to £300 for cannabis.

Judge Simon Carr agreed Mr Scott started the fight, at around 14:00 BST on 27 May, but said Barker was guilty of "a manifestly excessive use of force" when he used a lock-knife with an 8.5 cm blade.

"But for the intervention of the emergency services he would have died," said Judge Carr.

Air ambulance

Mr Scott was stabbed seven times in the chest and abdomen and suffered injuries to his bowel, lung and liver.

He was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for emergency operations.

The judge sentenced Barker to six years for grievous bodily harm and one year for possession of a knife with the sentences to run concurrently.

Speaking outside the court, Mr Scott's mother, Helen, said: "We just thought he was dying. If they had not got the helicopter then he would have died."

She added: "Hopefully he is going to change his ways and turn his life around."

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