Family man stabbed victim after driveway death threat in Gainsborough
A Gainsborough man has been given a suspended jail sentence after stabbing another man during a confrontation in the early hours of the morning.
Stuart McGhie armed himself with a kitchen knife after being told a group of men were making threats outside his home. Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said there was a confrontation in McGhie's driveway. McGhie produced the knife in response to a threat that he was about to be killed.
He told the men to go away. One of the men swung a punch and McGhie responded by stabbing the man in the chest.
The victim suffered a deep cut which penetrated his left lung. He tried to make his way back to his own home but found himself in difficulties and was taken to hospital.
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McGhie, 42, of Balfour Street, Gainsborough, admitted unlawful wounding on December 3, 2011.
He was given a nine month jail sentence suspended for a year and ordered to perform 60 hours of unpaid work.
Passing sentence, judge Michael Heath told McGhie: "You didn't deliberately go to stab him and the injury was not life threatening."
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said McGhie had not been in trouble for seven years and urged that he should not receive a jail sentence.
He said: "He is a working, family man who wants to put this behind him."