Ashington knifeman stabbed friend in neck just four days after being released from of prison

Dean Morris, jailed for wounding with intent
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A knifeman who stabbed his friend in the neck four days after getting out of prison had warned he feared he might attack someone.

Dean Morris had attended hospital the day after he was released from custody saying he was feeling unstable and expressing concerns over what he might do, a court heard. However he was sent away and three days later he plunged a blade into his friend in a completely unprovoked attack while visiting him at his home. in Newcastle.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the wounds narrowly missed a main artery. The victim died months later from an unrelated cause.

Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said the attack happened on July 18 last year. He told the court: "While a guest at the house of a friend, the defendant became paranoid, believing his friend had set him up to be assaulted when he left the address. He left the room, came back with a knife and stabbed the victim to the neck and shin."

The victim contacted the emergency services and was taken to the RVI in Newcastle and found to have two wounds to his neck and a hematoma in his neck and one wound to his leg. He was kept in hospital for a couple of days for observations and his injuries were treated "conservatively".

After he was arrested, Morris, 42, of Kidland Close, Ashington, Northumberland made several comments about the victim deserving to die and that he hoped he would die.

The victim, who died in October from an unrelated cause, said in a statement about the impact of the attack: "The attack made me really worried about my safety. I no longer wish to live in the flat where it happened.

"It's caused my anxiety to get much worse, I constantly feel I'm not safe. It made me extremely depressed my close friend tried to kill me.

"It scared me a lot. Seeing blood spurt out of my neck, I really feared I would die.

"During the incident I was fighting for my life and was not sure if I would make it out alive."

The court heard Morris has 90 previous convictions, including a series of violent offences, such as robbery and assault. In 2019 he was jailed for 54 months for wounding with intent on another prisoner, attacking him with an improvised blade. He was also jailed in December 2022 for attending a police station with a knife and threatening to stab someone.

He had been released from that sentence on July 14 last year, just four days before the latest attack. On July 15 he attended the RVI saying he was feeling unstable and feared he would stab someone but he was sent away without getting the help he was seeking.

After being released from custody, he had stopped taking his medication and had taken illicit drugs and alcohol.

He was found guilty by a jury of wounding with intent and Judge Edward Bindloss said he was a dangerous offender and jailed him for seven years, plus an extended licence period of a further five years.

The court heard he has a paranoid personality disorder with possible psychotic symptoms. Nicoleta Alistari, defending, said he had "acute mental difficulties" at the time and had been hearing voices. She added that he had sought help but did not receive any.