Spared jail after stabbing brother with kitchen knife

Burnley Crown Court.

Burnley Crown Court.

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A young engineer who stabbed his teenage brother in a family row is ready to patch things up after he was spared jail.

Daniel Beckett (21) stabbed his younger sibling Christopher in the stomach after an argument erupted at their Nelson home, Burnley Crown Court heard.

The 18-year-old suffered a knife wound to his liver in the incident and was left with the kitchen blade sticking out of his abdomen.

He was in hospital for four days and was given emergency surgery and the pair had been separated for five months on strict bail conditions.

The defendant, who works as an engineering apprentice in Barnoldswick, pleaded guilty to the unlawful wounding of his brother before the court.

Recorder Peter Atherton said: “This must have been a wound that carried with it a great risk of loss of life or certainly very serious injury.

“Any internal injury caused by a blade is within centimetres or millimetres of ending life.

“It required the skills of surgeons to repair it and admission to hospital for four days. You should consider yourself very, very fortunate.”

Sentencing, Mr Atherton said it was an “exceptional” case and imposed an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months. Beckett was given a 12-month supervision requirement and fines and costs totalling £450.

Speaking after the case, his aunt Marilyn McGinty said: “It was a very traumatic experience for the whole family and for both the boys.

“It is now about going forward and trying to build. The family is grateful to the judge for suspending the sentence.

“We are a really close family. We have been trying to keep the boys as positive as we can. It was just a tragic accident and the judge has seen that.

“The opportunity is now there to move forward.”

His father Milton Beckett added: “They have not been able to see each other for months. They have had to live apart.

“They have had Christmas apart, birthdays apart. It has been stressful for everyone – not just the immediate family.

“I think now is the time they can get together and patch things up.”

The court was told that an argument broke out between the complainant and his sister at the family home in Pinewood Drive on November 28th last year.

The defendant came downstairs and became embroiled in the altercation when a glass was smashed and he ended up wrestling with his younger brother on the floor.

Their mother Helen threw Christopher out of the front door but the defendant had picked up a kitchen knife and went around the side of the house.

Christopher launched a wheelie bin at him and he tried to jump over it and the knife ended up plunging into his brother’s stomach.

Mercedeh Jabbari (prosecuting) said: “He lunged forward and effectively stabbed his brother in the stomach. When the stabbing took place the defendant and complainant’s mother Mrs Beckett was inside and described hearing her son – the defendant – shouting ‘I’ve stabbed Chris’. He was crying uncontrollably and rang an ambulance.

“His brother underwent surgery for lacerations to his liver. He has since made some good progress.”

Ms Jabbari added: “He does not wish to provide a formal complaint against his brother. He does not want to see him go to prison.”

Laura Heywood (defending) said her client, who has no previous convictions, was a hard working and reliable young man who deeply regretted what happened.

She said: “The defendant did not wish to cause an injury to the complainant but accepts his actions were reckless.

“He was very upset and shaken but he called and ambulance and stayed at the scene to face the consequences.

“He wishes to rebuild the relationship with his brother and apologise but cannot because of the bail conditions imposed.”

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