Men jailed for total of 17 years for attack in Norwich

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Saturday, July 19, 2014
6:30 AM

Two men have been jailed for a total of 17 years for a double stabbing in Norwich in which a 47 year-old man suffered a wound to his neck and head and a woman suffered injuries to her lip and ear.

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A judge jailed two men for a total of 17 years for a terrifying double stabbing in Norwich, in which one victim had his neck slashed, narrowly missing his main artery.

Donald Phillips, 24, and Andrew Moss, 24, went to an address in Chestnut Court, off Cow Hill, to collect a debt, Norwich Crown Court heard

Andrew Shaw prosecuting, said an eye witness saw them breaking bottles and one of them saying that they were “going to get someone.”

They then turned up at the victim’s flat and Mr Shaw said that one of the defendants made threats saying: “I’m going to do you.”

The victim, a 47-year-old man, was then smashed over the head with a bottle and as he fell to the floor he felt a cut across his throat, which narrowly missed the main artery.

Mr Shaw said his 38-year-old partner tried to protect the victim but then she was also injured and received cuts to her ear and mouth.

The woman thought the men had a knife but Mr Shaw said that a broken bottle can cause just as much damage as a knife.

A neighbour intervened and as the Phillips and Moss made off they were heard to mention about a debt.

Mr Shaw said: “This attack was over some type of debt.”

He said the couple were both treated in hospital for their injuries and said the man needed stitches to a wound near his eye and had to have 10 stitches to the wound to his throat. The woman also needed stitches to the cut to her ear, which had exposed the cartilage.

Moss of Aspland, Road, Norwich and Phillips, formerly of Stewart Close, Tibenham, both admitted wounding with intent the male victim and unlawful wounding to the female victim.

Phillips, who wants to wipe the slate clean also admitted burglary and asked for 15 other matters to be taken into consideration.

The court heard that both defendants have a number of previous convictions including convictions for violence.

Jailing Phillips for nine years and Moss for 8 years, Judge Nicholas Coleman also ordered that both be on extended two year licence on their release.

He said: “This was a premeditated act of violence.”

He said that they had gone to the victim’s home and said: “You were enforcing a debt. Quite why you were doing it may never truly be known.”

He said he was imposing an extended licence as he said they both presented a high risk.

“It is quite clear you both present a high risk of serious harm to members of the public. Both of you have a desire to use violence as a means of resolving conflict.”

John Morgans for Moss, said he was full of remorse and had insight into his offending.

He said that Moss had a number of problems and was wanting to overcome his drugs problem. He also felt he had let his family down.

“He is motivated to change his ways.”

John Farmer, for Phillips, said that he wanted to wipe the slate clean and had told police about other offences so he could make a fresh start on his release.

He said that Phillips had undergone a “seachage” and had changed his attitude towards offending: “This man has changed his whole attitude.”

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