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.

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