Knife attacker jailed

Knife attacker jailed

A BATLEY man who stabbed his partner while he was out on licence from prison has been jailed for more than five years.

Paul Martin, of Cardigan Close, Soothill, admitted at Leeds Crown Court to wounding Hayley Crouch.

He was already on licence from a previous sentence for harassment of the same complainant.

David Bradshaw, prosecuting, said Martin had resumed the relationship on his release from prison and the police had received a number of call-outs involving domestic incidents between the two.

The couple went to a relative’s home in Batley on June 15, 2016, and while they were there, Martin armed himself with a knife and attacked her following an argument.

She raised her arms to defend herself and received a number of injuries to her hands as well as a stab wound to her chest before Martin left the property.

Lorraine Harris, representing Martin, admitted the relationship between the pair had not been a healthy one and both the victim and defendant were drug users.

She said: “He is obviously incredibly upset at the situation he finds himself in.

“He is without a doubt a mixed-up man who suffers from paranoia and no doubt that impacted on him that day.”

Jailing Martin for five years and four months, Judge Christopher Batty said his record for dishonesty and other offences, although not violent, “had all the hallmarks of someone who has spent the last 17-18 years abusing drugs.”

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