SAVED BY A DONER KEBAB!
Takeaway used to stop bleeding from stab wound
A Knife-wielding attacker was jailed for five-and-a-half years yesterday after he slashed the throat of a man who only survived by stemming the blood with a doner kebab.
Quick-thinking James Hobbs, 37, used the snack as a compression bandage after his neck was cut by vicious Jamie Edney, 36, outside a takeaway.
Father-of-one James lost six-and-a-half pints of blood from the five-inch knife wound which missed his windpipe and jugular vein by millimetres.
Doctors told him the £3.40 snack saved his life, giving paramedics arriving outside Tasty Bitez in Highbridge, Somerset, time to get him to hospital.
Edney was given fiveand-a-half years in jail at Bristol Crown Court yesterday after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent to wound.
The trial heard that Hobbs, from Highbridge, had been out with his cousin to buy food before returning to his flat.
The neighbours got into a fight outside Edney’s flat after he was accused of having an affair with Hobbs’ girlfriend.
Hobbs punched Edney before falling to the floor with the knife wound in the block of flats.
He held the kebab to his neck for several minutes until his cousin found a towel to cover the deep horizontal cut.
He lost six pints of blood and was rushed to hospital in a critical condition.
Doctors told him he was lucky to be alive after an operation to open his windpipe so he could breathe and 27 staples to seal the cut.
Judge Michael Longman told Edney he was giving him the lowest sentence possible due to the mitigating circumstances.
“It was Mr Hobbs who came to your door and he did so in a temper. To answer the door holding the knife was asking for trouble – you selected the knife intending to intimidate.” he said.