Man jailed over Stoke-on-Trent knife attack
Written by The Newsroom on June 4, 2019
A man who slashed another man in the face following an argument in a park has been jailed.
Staffordshire Police said the victim had been “trying to walk away” from the altercation at a park in London Road, Stoke-on-Trent, before he was attacked.
Lee Cooper, 25, of no fixed address, admitted wounding with intent over the attack on 2 November 2018.
He was jailed at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Monday.
Police said Cooper swore at the victim, a 48-year-old man, who had sat next to him on a park bench as he ate a takeaway.
The man left the park after words were exchanged but was followed by Cooper.
Cooper, who was with two other men, pulled the six-inch knife in an alleyway leading to Chamberlain Street, the force said.
The victim was treated by ambulance crews for a laceration to his face.
Cooper was sentenced to 10 years and six months for wounding with intent and 18 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
He received a 12-month sentence to run concurrently for possession of a blade.
Det Sgt Phil White said: “This was a cowardly and violent attack on a man who was trying to walk away.
“We’re glad that Cooper is off the streets and serving a lengthy sentence behind bars.”
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