Man jailed for brutal stabbing over drug row in Prestwich

A MAN has been jailed for a brutal knife attack on a fellow drug user at a property in Prestwich.

Manchester Crown Court heard William Parker and his victim Darrell Bennett had never met before July but had a mutual friend who had a property on Warwick Street.

Mr Bennett was staying there with him on the condition that he gave the occupant two bags of heroin, the court was told.

On June 23 Parker went with owner and Mr Bennett to a soup kitchen in a church and went back to the property and they all took drugs.

Mr Bennett smoked crack cocaine from a pipe and the other two men injected it.

Mr Bennett was later asked if he had any more drugs but refused to hand over any further substances.

The other two men moved into the kitchen and Mr Bennett was concerned they were talking about him. He asked what was being discussed and was told it was nothing to worry about. An incident themn took place in early hours.

David Toal, prosecuting, said: “The defendant asked the complainant if a £ 5 note on the floor was his. The complainant replied it was not, he had money in his pocket. The complainant bent down and picked up the bank note, without warning the defendant stabbed the complainant in the back.

“He began to panic, he felt air coming out of his lungs. The defendant stabbed the complainant again in the stomach and stole heroin from his pocket. ”

Mr Bennett found himself trapped in the kitchen with no escape with Mr Parker opening the door several times to check on him.

In fear of his life Mr Bennett jumped out of the third floor flat window but found his foot was injured and he was unable to move.

He screamed for help but Parker came out of the property with a knife and made further threats

A neighbor said they were filming it and Parker fled the scene and was detained later that day.

Mr Toal said: “The complainant says that six months since the attack in his’ life has completely changed. He is still reliving it, he suffers from anxiety, depression and paranoia, he rarely leaves his house.”

Parker, 29, of Washway Road, Sale, admitted to causing grievous bodily harm. He had originally been charged with attempted murder but prosecutors accepted his plea to the alternative charge.

The court heard he had previous convictions involving the use of knives and was on license at the time of the attack.

Michael Lea, defending, said he had shown genuine remorse for the attack and was concerned for Mr Bennett.

He said the day of the attack would “go down as a date where drug use and drug addiction has ruined lives.”

Passing sentence, Judge Patrick Field QC said: “You used a knife, that was a horribly dangerous weapon. Then you continued to terrorize Mr Bennett when he was vulnerable by reason of the stab wounds you had inflicted upon him.

“He was terrorized into taking extreme measures to save himself from further attack. This was a prolonged attack. ”

He jailed Parker for 11 years and ruled he must serve an extended four years on license following his release from prison as he ruled he was a danger to the public.

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