Mid Wales

Peter Sharratt: Jail for Llandrindod Wells knife attack

A man has been jailed for two and a half years for stabbing another man during a drunken attack in Powys.

Peter Sharratt, 40, admitted unlawful wounding after perforating 63-year-old David Roberts' liver with a kitchen knife in Llandrindod Wells in July.

Judge Niclas Parry at Mold Crown Court said Sharratt "could have killed" Mr Roberts.

He told Sharratt: "Out of your mind, out of your senses through drink, you became involved in a drunken brawl."

Pregnancy test

On Friday, the court heard that Sharratt had been staying at a flat in Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, at the time of the attack.

Karl Scholz, prosecuting, said it was part of Sharratt's bail conditions that he should not contact his partner Rose Humphreys, who he was separated from.

He was facing an assault charge against her, for which he was subsequently jailed for six weeks, the court heard.

But on 30 July after receiving the results of a pregnancy test, Ms Humphreys decided to visit Sharratt's flat to tell him their relationship was over. She was accompanied by Mr Roberts.

"All parties in this case drink to excess," said Mr Scholz.

He said there was a "degree of violence" between Sharratt and Ms Humphreys, and at some point Mr Roberts decided to intervene.

"During the course of that violent incident a knife was grabbed by the defendant who ultimately stabbed Mr Roberts in the stomach," Mr Scholz added.

"The cut was one inch wide and to a depth sufficient to lacerate the liver causing blood to pass into the gall bladder."

Andrew Green, defending, said Sharratt had attended an anger management, food hygiene course and victim awareness courses while on remand in prison.

Restraining order

He has also sought help from medical staff about his heavy drinking.

Judge Parry said: "Out of your mind, out of your senses through drink, you became involved in a drunken brawl but not so drunk you forgot where you kept a knife down the side of the settee.

"You perforated his liver. Mercifully the injuries were not too serious but you could have killed him.

"The public must know whenever knives are used in fights and injuries such as this caused, the sentence must always mark the gravity of the situation."

Judge Parry also imposed a restraining order on Sharatt, preventing him from approaching Mr Roberts ever again.

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