A VIOLENT criminal who stabbed a man at a Bradford drug den has been jailed for six years.

Tony Golec, who has a string of convictions for assault and wounding, struck Satnam Panesar with a rock before knifing him under his left arm, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Mr Panesar crawled from 'The Hut', a derelict building used by drug addicts, on to nearby Thornton Road in Bradford and was discovered lying bleeding on the ground.

Prosecutor Alisha Kaye said yesterday that he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but he refused to make a statement about what had happened to him.

The following day, Golec was arrested for an unrelated matter and said to a police officer: “I stabbed somebody yesterday. Is he dead?”

Golec, 41, previously of Weller Close, West Bowling, Bradford, was sentenced on a video link to Leeds Prison where he was remanded in custody.

He pleaded guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding Mr Panesar with intent to do with grievous bodily harm on April 13, possession of a bladed article and stealing Mr Panesar’s bank card and £30 cash.

Miss Kaye said that Golec told the police he and Mr Panesar went to The Hut, behind the NCP car park, to take drugs.

Golec said that Mr Panesar was annoying him, so he picked up a rock and hit him on the back of the head with it. He then took his legs from under him so that he fell to the ground.

Golec pinned him down with his knee and put a knife to his neck.

Mr Panesar got to his feet and swung at Golec, who stabbed him.

Miss Kaye said that Mr Panesar begged for his life before Golec made off with his bag containing the bank card and money.

Golec’s barrister, Ken Green, said his client freely admitted the offences to the police and had pleaded guilty very promptly.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, sentenced Golec to six years imprisonment with a five-year extended licence period.

The court heard that Golec had a history of violent offending.

In 2014, he was jailed for 16 months for threatening a group of door-to-door charity collectors with a large butcher’s knife.

He threatened to plunge the weapon into a Macmillan Cancer Support team leader who had gone to assist his colleague who was on the receiving end of a foul-mouthed racist rant from Golec.

Golec went to his house and emerged with a large butcher’s knife, threatening to stab the man with the eight-inch blade.

He pleaded guilty to causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm and distress and having a bladed article in a public place.

Golec has more than 30 convictions for 130 offences, including causing grievous bodily harm, robbery and having a bladed article.