Suspended sentence for man who stabbed partner

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A 67-year-old man has been given a suspended prison sentence after stabbing his partner in the side during an incident at their flat.

John Morton picked up a ten-inch kitchen knife and stabbed Eric Livesey on the left hand side of his body during the incident at their Todmorden home in May.

Bradford Crown Court heard on Tuesday how Mr Livesey suffered a penetrating injury to his colon, but after spending nine days in hospital the prognosis was good.

During a police interview Morton, who undertakes charity work, admitted stabbing Mr Livesey, but said it had been an accident and he didn’t mean it.

Morton said he hoped Mr Livesey was alright and wished he hadn’t done it.

Although Morton initially faced a charge of wounding Mr Livesey with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of unlawful wounding last month.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he had read glowing testimonials about Morton and it appeared that the offence was very much out of character.

The judge sentenced Morton, of Vicarage Gardens, to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years. Morton will also have to pay £250 costs.