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Man who slashed victim with knife in Workington is jailed for more than 3 years

Kieren Winder

A KNIFE-carrying thug who slashed the face of a man during a late night altercation in Workington, leaving him scarred, has been jailed for more than three years.

Kieren Alan Winder, 26, was high on Valium when he armed himself with a Stanley blade for a meeting to resolve a dispute over illegal ecstasy tablet ownership in the Moorclose Road area during the early hours of March 22.

After that meeting concluded, Winder talked briefly with passer-by Marc McIvor before lashing out with his right hand. Mr McIvor initially thought he had been punched but realised a short time later he had been slashed in the face with a Stanley knife he saw the attacker was holding. Bleeding heavily, Mr McIvor needed stitches to a facial wound and was left scarred.

Winder, of Hunday Court, Workington, admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding Mr McIvor, and was locked up for three years and seven months at Carlisle Crown Court today (FRI).

The court heard Winder had two previous and separate wounding crimes on his record, having stabbed one former partner several times in the leg and smashed a glass into a man’s face and eye.

Passing sentence, Recorder Tom Gilbart – who heard of Winder’s mental health problems – said Mr McIvor had sustained a “gruesome” wound. “Carrying a knife on your person was a dangerous thing to do, and you knew that,” Recorder Gilbart told Winder.

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