Ben Pearce appeared at Plymouth Crown Court where he admitted to the charge of assault by beating and of being in possession of a knife.
The court heard his victim, Matthew Gilbert was working in the city as a doorman when he received a message from a female friend who felt concerned about where she was.
She claimed she had gone back with Pearce and others to a property in St Judes but was unsure of her true whereabouts.
Mr Gilbert was later on the phone to her when he heard one of the men with her claim that when Mr Gilbert arrived “he will get it too”.
Prosecutors said that when Mr Gilbert arrived he saw Pearce in the doorway with no top on.
Mr Gilbert saw the woman and urged her to get into his car, but heard Pearce shout at him “if you want some as well you will have it”.
The court heard that Pearce headed towards Mr Gilbert while telling the woman to go back inside the property.
Mr Gilbert later told police he thought Pearce “was on something” and was “very aggressive”.
At one point Pearce headed back inside the house and the woman got into his car, but another man – Kieran Galbraith – attempted to stop Mr Gilbert from closing his car door.
The court was told at this point Pearce reappeared, holding a large knife. He began to hit the blade of the knife at the driver side window in a stabbing motion a number of times before the blade then snapped off the handle.
Galbraith – who has already been dealt with at the magistrates’ court – and Pearce then forced open the car door and both lunged at Mr Gilbert, punching and kicking him.
A probation report was read out to the court which revealed that both Pearce and Galbraith had been out drinking when they met women whom they invited back for “socialising”.
When the woman called Mr Gilbert to get a lift home, Pearce was “upset because he thought there was a change they would get together”.
Pearce claimed that Mr Gilbert had become aggressive and got the knife to protect himself as Mr Gilbert was “a big bloke”.
As a result of the incident, the court heard Pearce – who had consumed a 70cl bottle of vodka at home before going out and drinking Bacardi “no longer goes out drinking with friends”.
The court heard that Pearce has been in a relationship for 18 months and has had to be open with his partner about his actions that night.
The court was told she had decided to give him “another chance.”
The court was also told that Pearce had not properly got over the death of his father when he was just 18 and the recent death of his grandmother. As a result he was now suffering depression and was on medication.
The probation officer told the court “this offence has scared him and he rarely drinks now”.
Judge Paul Darlow sentenced Pearce to 18 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £140 victim surcharge.
Source – Plymouth Herald