Man attacked friend with an axe

A MAN carried out an axe attack on one of his friends leaving his victim with blood pouring from a wound, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Joseph Sabey produced the weapon during a drinking session with his mates at his home in Butterwick and threatened he would use it on anyone who was laid on his bed when he returned from finishing a cigarette.

Sam Skinner, prosecuting at the case on Friday, said: “The others thought he was joking but the defendant returned armed with an axe and struck the complainant twice.

“The first blow to his back was with the blunt end of the axe and caused no injury. The second blow opened him up a bit like a side of pork and caused a four inch long, deep but clean cut.”

The victim, Daniel Rudd, was taken to hospital where his wound was stitched.

Police were called to the house and Sabey was arrested. He admitted using the weapon but said he had not intended to cause any serious harm.

Sabey, 21, of Main Road, Butterwick, admitted unlawful wounding on 16 October.

He was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years with 150 hours of unpaid work and a 16 week night time curfew. He was also ordered not to approach or contact Daniel Rutt for 12 months.

Judge Michael Heath told him: “This was an act of extreme stupidity but the wound was easily treated and there are no lasting consequences for the victim.

“This was not a deliberate causing of injury but was reckless in the extreme.”

David Eager, defending, said Sabey was of previous good character and has since shown remorse.

“He has since removed himself from that group of friends and removed himself from the culture of binge drinking. He stays at home with his mother and has been living a quiet life.

“He has been devastated at what he has done. This was one of his best friends.”