The Chronicle

Three jailed af­ter sword at­tack

- By ROB KENNEDY Court re­porter rob.kennedy@ncj­me­ Crime · Incidents

THREE mem­bers of the same fam­ily have been jailed af­ter a ri­val was left so badly in­jured with swords and a bay­o­net he “died” and had to be brought back to life.

Vic­tim Wayne Brown, nick­named Squat­ter, had fallen out with the Lamb fam­ily over claims he had taken ad­van­tage of and bul­lied David Lamb.

Af­ter vi­o­lence flared be­tween Lamb and Mr Brown, Lamb sum­moned help from his brother Paul and nephew James Lamb.

New­cas­tle Crown Court heard the fa­ther and son raced to the scene in Felling, Gateshead, armed with two swords and a bay­o­net or dag­ger.

They at­tacked their ri­val, with James Lamb re­peat­edly stick­ing the bay­o­net in his neck be­fore they fled, leav­ing him bleed­ing pro­fusely.

He went into car­diac ar­rest on his way to hos­pi­tal and needed surgery and 37 units of blood and 37 units of plasma to keep him alive.

The three Lambs had orig­i­nally

been charged with at­tempted mur­der but prose­cu­tors ac­cepted guilty pleas to wound­ing with in­tent.

Mr Brown, a fa­ther, said in a vic­tim im­pact state­ment: “Due to my in­juries I died in the am­bu­lance on the way to hos­pi­tal. Thank­fully they brought me back to life.

“The at­tack has been life-chang­ing, my body has been left with hor­ri­ble vivid scars I see ev­ery day. I can­not walk far, I shuf­fle around and I am fear­ful of go­ing out­side.”

Mr Brown added his spleen had to be re­moved.

He added: “I can­not touch me­tal things like cut­lery now be­cause it re­minds me of the swords. I have to use plas­tic spoons and forks. My life has been to­tally and ut­terly ru­ined.”

The at­tack hap­pened at Wood­lands Ter­race, Felling, just be­fore 3pm on Jan­uary 11 this year.

An ar­gu­ment broke out be­tween David Lamb and Mr Brown over a debt.

They went out­side and fought, Mr Brown get­ting the bet­ter of Lamb, kick­ing and punch­ing the smaller man. Lamb called his brother, Paul, who ar­rived with his son James Lamb and the weapons.

David Lamb, of He­wit­son Ter­race, Gateshead, 51, Paul Lamb, 53, of Nurs­ery Lane, Gateshead and James Lamb, 27, of Nurs­ery Lane, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to wound­ing with in­tent. James Lamb also ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing two of­fen­sive weapons and Paul Lamb ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing a sword. All three were jailed for six years and nine months.

Rachel Hed­worth, for Paul Lamb, said: “He acted en­tirely out of char­ac­ter. He has gone to the de­fence of his brother and per­haps acted out of mis­placed loy­alty.”

Geoff Knowles, for James Lamb, made claims about the vic­tim’s be­hav­iour lead­ing up to the at­tack and said he only got in­volved due to the sit­u­a­tion be­tween his un­cle David and Mr Brown.

Joe Hed­worth, for David Lamb, said: “He is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated about not only the aw­ful in­juries sus­tained by Wayne Brown but also the un­doubted mis­ery and up­set he has caused to ev­ery mem­ber of his own fam­ily as a re­sult of mak­ing that fate­ful phone call.”

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From left, James, Paul and David Lamb

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