Shipley man is jailed for stabbing friend in drunken row

Jailed: David Clarke

Jailed: David Clarke

First published in News

A man who plunged an ornamental dagger into his old friend’s buttock after they got into a drunken row has been jailed for 32 months.

David Clarke, 24, stabbed Kyle Parchment while serving a suspended jail sentence for having a samurai sword in a public place, Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding outside flats on Leeds Road, Shipley, where both men lived, on September 27 last year.

Prosecutor Nigel Hamilton said Clarke and Mr Parchment, who were old friends, began arguing in a taxi home from Bradford city centre at 9pm after both had been drinking.

The row resumed outside the flats and Mr Parchment called Clarke “pathetic.”

Clarke took an ornamental dagger from the hallway of his home and plunged it 5cm into Mr Parchment’s buttock, just missing his sciatic nerve. The wound bled heavily and Mr Parchment needed surgery at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Mr Hamilton said Clarke had 19 previous convictions for 23 offences, including causing actual bodily harm and common assault. As a youth, he had stabbed someone in the leg with a kitchen knife.

Clarke’s barrister, Emma Downing, said the earlier assaults were committed when Clarke was “a troubled teenager” in a care home.

In November, 2011, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, after he and another man were caught having a drunken street fight with a samurai sword and an iron bar.

When Clarke stabbed Mr Parchment, both men were heavily in drink. Mr Parchment had been banging on his flat door and he took the dagger to poke him to get him to back off. He never intended to seriously hurt him.

He had been in custody since early October and had lost his flat.

Judge Peter Benson told Clarke: “You have a troubling record for violence, including the threatened use of bladed weapons.”

He sentenced him to 28 months’ imprisonment for wounding Mr Parchment and the judge activated four months of the suspended jail term on top of that.

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