Drug ad­dict knifed man in neck after theft claims

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY NEIL DOCK­ING neil.dock­ing@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Visiter

ADRUG ad­dict slashed a man on the neck, leav­ing him fight­ing for his life, after ac­cus­ing him of steal­ing his drugs stash.

Richard Thom­ley at­tacked Si­mon Long with a craft knife, sev­er­ing his in­ter­nal jugu­lar vein with an eight­inch gash and caus­ing nerve da­m­age.

His vic­tim, who is now per­ma­nently scarred, only sur­vived thanks to neigh­bours and paramedics.

At Liver­pool Crown Court, Thom­ley, 48, of Knowsley Road, South­port, ad­mit­ted pos­ses­sion of a knife and wound­ing.

But he de­nied wound­ing with in­tent, sug­gest­ing that he acted in self de­fence and had not re­alised that he was car­ry­ing the weapon be­fore­hand.

He was unan­i­mously found guilty after a trial and last Thurs­day ( June 22) Judge Brian Cummings, QC, jailed him for 15 years.

The judge said: “When paramedics ar­rived they told the vic­tim to al­low them to as­sist him or he was go­ing to die.

“You did noth­ing to as­sist in that. You sim­ply slashed your vic­tim’s neck and left him in the street.”

The court heard that the men lived in the same road and both went to a party at a flat nearby on Jan­uary 7 this year. Si­mon Dun­can, pros­e­cut­ing, said that Thom­ley fell asleep in a hall­way and Mr Long and an­other man car­ried him into a room and put him on a sofa.

Thom­ley woke and left, but later re­alised that his Di­azepam tablets and money were miss­ing, which he be­lieved had been stolen, rather than hav­ing sim­ply fallen out of his pocket.

He armed him­self with the knife and he and an­other man con­fronted Mr Long as he was walk­ing down the road at around 5pm the next day.

They cornered the vic­tim and when he de­nied the theft and re­fused to go to the beach to talk, Thom­ley slashed him.

Thom­ley walked away as Mr Long re­alised blood was “spurt­ing” from his neck, be­fore col­laps­ing out­side his flat.

Neigh­bours stemmed the bleed­ing with tow­els and he was taken to hospi­tal, where he re­ceived a blood trans­fu­sion and stitches.

Mr Long said that he was now “on edge all the time”, suf­fered from night­mares and did not have any feel­ing on the left side of his face.

He told the court: “I’m not per­fect but I did not de­serve what hap­pened to me. “It was dis­gust­ing. “I’m an­gry that Thom­ley got tooled up with a knife for a packet of drugs that he ac­tu­ally dropped.

“He is a scum­bag who de­serves to be locked away for so­ci­ety’s sake, not just mine.”

Con­victed co­caine and heroin dealer Thom­ley has 32 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for 92 of­fences.

In 2014 he was locked up for 22 months for ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing and caus­ing bod­ily harm by wan­ton and fu­ri­ous driv­ing.

Mr Dun­can said that in that case, Lan­cashire po­lice of­fi­cer Amanda Bond had seen him driv­ing un­usu­ally on farm­land and he gave her false de­tails.

He re­versed into her po­lice car then tried to run her over – nar­rowly miss­ing – be­fore smash­ing into the car again when she got in­side.

Mr Dun­can said that the of­fi­cer suf­fered a torn knee lig­a­ment in the crash and was still suffering from her injuries to this day.

Mar­tyn Walsh, de­fend­ing, said that Thom­ley’s girlfriend had died from pneu­mo­nia but he was ini­tially ar­rested over her death and bailed by po­lice.

He said that his client started car­ry­ing a knife, was “self-med­i­cat­ing” with Di­azepam and co­caine, and had been in a “highly emo­tional state”.

Thom­ley told a pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer he had “im­mense feel­ings of guilt” over the at­tack, but Judge Cummings said: “I don’t be­lieve you.”

He told him he was lucky not to be re­ceiv­ing a 25-year min­i­mum life sen­tence and im­posed an in­def­i­nite re­strain­ing or­der.

Richard Thorn­ley was jailed for 15 years for the ‘dis­gust­ing’ at­tack

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