Bread knife neck stabber jailed after Exeter attack

Joseph Kennedy
Image caption Kennedy's victim thought "he was going to die", the court heard

A man who stabbed his friend in the neck with a bread knife has been jailed four years and nine months.

Joseph Kennedy, 41, attacked Lee Lewis with the knife during a row at the victim's home in Exeter.

It was within a millimetre of cutting his carotid artery which could have killed him, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Kennedy from Wonford Street, Exeter, admitted wounding, causing actual bodily harm, and dangerous driving which related to an earlier offence.

'Lost his temper'

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, said: "You took a black handled, serrated bread knife with a 25cm blade [and] caused a wound which bled profusely.

"Mr Lewis thought he was going to die."

Kennedy was already on bail at the time of the stabbing after driving his car into his former partner's new boyfriend in February 2012.

Miss Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said Kennedy had lost his temper after meeting them.

The court heard the man received minor injuries and bruising.

Mr Rupert Taylor, defending, said Kennedy had started to turn his life around in the eight months he had been in custody awaiting sentencing since the stabbing in Church Road, Exeter.

Judge Gilbert said: "Fortunately for you the Crown decided not to proceed to trial on a charge of attempted murder because if they had, and you had been convicted, the sentence would be in double figures."

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