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Darlington man jailed for six-years for stabbing

Christopher Fothergill

A MAN has been jailed after admitting stabbing another man at the home of his ex-partner in August 2018.

After carrying out the attack, Christopher Fothergill tried to evade capture for several days, but was tracked down by police and arrested.

Yesterday, the 34-year-old was sent to prison for six years for the attack, which took place early on the morning of Sunday, August 5.

At around 6.15am, Fothergill confronted his former partner and the victim inside a property in the Skerne Park area of Darlington.

During the altercation, which spilled over into the garden, Fothergill stabbed the 30-year-old victim, who was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough for treatment.

Although the victim survived and has since made a recovery, detectives investigating the stabbing said it had been lucky that his injuries were not fatal.

Fothergill, of Hargreave Terrace, in Darlington, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, burglary and breach of a restraining order.

Officers who investigated the case have welcomed the sentencing.

Detective chief inspector Caroline Davies said: “This was an unprovoked attack in which Fothergill took it upon himself to enter his ex-partner’s home and carry out a horrendous attack on his defenceless victim.

“He then tried to make things as difficult as possible for the police by attempting to evade capture

“Nevertheless, he was apprehended quickly and brought before the courts where he has now received a sentence which reflects the seriousness of the attack.

“Fortunately, the victim survived his injuries which were initially considered to be life-threatening.

“There can be no excuse for this kind of violent behaviour and we will always work tirelessly to bring such offenders to justice, as in this case.”

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