A knife wielding man carried out a stabbing in Lincoln after being invited inside the home of his victim, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday.
Victim Nathan Wilson, 40, was returning to his home in Knight Place, Lincoln, after visiting a nearby food bank when he was followed by his attacker Darren Murdoch.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the two men knew each other. He told the court: “Mr Wilson had not realised that the male behind him was the defendant. Knowing him, he invited the defendant in.
“Inside the defendant produced a knife from the back of his trousers and passed a comment that the knife had Mr Wilson’s name on it.
“He then put the knife away and said somebody else’s name was on it.
“The defendant was complaining about being robbed of spice. He then accused Mr Wilson of stealing some of his property.
“Mr Wilson denied he was responsible and he went into the kitchen. The defendant followed. He walked straight up to Nathan Wilson and stabbed him in the stomach.”
Mr Wilson initially thought he had been punched but then realised he had been stabbed.
Emergency services were called to the scene and Mr Wilson was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he underwent an operation to repair damage to his liver.
Murdoch walked off and made his way to Altham Terrace where he threw the eight-inch bladed knife into a waterway. He was arrested soon afterwards. Police later recovered the knife during an underwater search of the drain.
One nearby resident told The Lincolnite they were in the kitchen when they heard screaming and shouting from at least two people at around 5pm.
Mr Howes said that two hours before the stabbing Murdoch was involved in a knife incident near to the Tesco Express on Newark Road.
Murdoch accused a cyclist of stealing his bicycle and then knocked him off his machine.
Murdoch produced a knife and brandished it at the man shouting that he was going to kill him.
The incident, which was witnessed by a number of school children, ended when Murdoch walked away.
Murdoch, 53, of Ellison Street, Lincoln, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article of the stabbing on September 24 this year. He also admitted possession of a knife on Newark Road. He was jailed for a total of five years and eight months.
Mark Watson, in mitigation, said that Murdoch has since shown remorse.
“He has taken some steps to look after the various problems he has. These include drug misuse and alcohol misuse in particular.
“At the time Mr Murdoch was coping with the death of his mother and the loss of his relationship. His wife left him. Not only did she leave him she took his money and his stability. His dog then died.
“As a result of losing his financial stability he lost his accommodation. On this day he found his bike had been stolen and he reacted.”