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10 March 2015, 07:23
A drunk man from St Albans who stabbed a man in the groin in the city has been jailed.
Jordan Curtis, 24, launched an unprovoked and violent attack on Colin Thornton, which caused a 3 centimetre cut to the groin and another cut to the back of his head.
He also discharged CR gas, affecting several people, including a child, at the house.
At a trial at St Albans crown court last month Curtis, of Lectern Lane, St Albans, was convicted of wounding Mr Thornton, 42, with intent. He was also found guilty of possessing CR gas (correct), affray and possessing a knife on 8 August last year. He returned to court today for sentence.
Alex Britton, defending, argued that Curtis should not be sentenced as a dangerous offender as he had acted out of character. He said the injury caused was slight.
Recorder Mark Dennis QC agreed with the defence submission, but told Curtis: "You worked yourself into a drunk and aggressive state and carried out an assault in a violent and unprovoked fashion.
"The actual cause of the upset is unknown but it probably involved jealously over your some time girlfriend. It had a lot to do with the alcohol you had consumed.
"It is now time for you to wake up and make something of your life."
The judge ordered that the gas and knife are forfeit.