Axe attacker jailed for 'horrific, violent' assault on neighbour

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Timothy Nickson has been jailed for seven years (Cumbria Constabulary)
Timothy Nickson has been jailed for seven years (Cumbria Constabulary)

A man who attacked his neighbour with an axe has been jailed for seven years.

Timothy Nickson, 42, of Dalton-in-Furness, took the deadly weapon to his neighbour’s home and launched a sustained attack on the victim.

He later said to the officer who detained him: ‘Well, I chopped him up, so fair enough.’

Nickson admitted a charge of wounding with intent after appearing at Preston Crown Court.

He left the address after carrying out the axe attack, and police then received reports of a man walking the streets soaked in blood and carrying an axe.

A police officer saw Nickson entering a shop wearing a blood-stained t-shirt and holding the weapon.

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A nearby member of the public heard him say: ‘I’ve killed him. I’ve killed him.’

As Nickson was being apprehended the victim was found with numerous wounds, including to his head, some of which were described as ‘deep lacerations’.

When interviewed, Nickson refused to answer any questions about what happened or what his motive was.

Cumbria Police’s Detective Inspector Helen Curme said: ‘Nickson carried out a horrific, violent attack on a man who had no means to defend himself.

‘This incident – as with any incident involving a bladed weapon – could easily have ended in tragedy.

‘Today, Nickson has been held accountable for his actions and has received a sentence which shows how seriously the criminal justice system takes such violent, armed assaults.’

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