House of Fraser man who stabbed store colleague jailed

Adrian Shaw
Image caption Adrian Shaw was jailed for four years and eight months

A sales assistant has been jailed for stabbing a colleague at a Manchester department store.

Adrian Shaw, 21, of Middleton, Greater Manchester, admitted grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon at a previous hearing.

He and the victim, Tony Barnes, were employees in the menswear department at House of Fraser in Deansgate the time of the stabbing on 12 May.

Shaw was jailed for four years and eight months at Manchester Crown Court.

Mr Barnes, 39, and Shaw had had a disagreement in the stock room which Shaw had tried to continue on the shop floor, police said.

'Could have killed'

Shaw jumped on Mr Barnes' back, put his arm around his neck and put him in a headlock before stabbing him five times in the neck.

Det Insp Mark Hudson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "Only Shaw knows why he carried out such a shocking attack on a colleague, who could easily have been killed.

"His colleagues have said that he used to talk about wanting to be a hitman and Shaw's act of violence left them traumatised, but the experience for the victim has been life changing.

"Shaw will now have plenty of time to reflect on his actions."

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