Skegness man jailed for six years after meat cleaver assault

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A Skegness man who slashed a holidaymaker with a meat cleaver has been jailed for six years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Adam Aldred left his 21-year-old victim with a serious head injury after carrying out the attack outside the Stumble Inn on Lumley Road.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Aldred’s younger brother became involved in an altercation with a group of visitors from the Nottingham area and then rang Aldred for help claiming he was under attack from a gang of 10 men.

Aldred, who was woken up by the call, got out of bed and drove to Lumley Road.

Mr Howes said “It was a deliberate attack when he had armed himself with a weapon.

“He got out of the driver’s side of the car and produced the weapon which he swung at the head of the victim. The weapon was a meat cleaver.

“The victim’s brother punched the defendant and then there was a further swing with the meat cleaver which missed. The defendant then drove away.

“The police were informed what had gone on. They were in the vicinity and gave chase. The defendant drove into the wall of a property on Drummond Road and was apprehended.

“The complainant was taken to Skegness Hospital and then moved to the Pilgrim Hospital at Boston. He had a deep wound to the left side of his head which was bleeding profusely. Part of his scalp was sliced and had to be stitched back. He also had a small wound to an arm.”

Adam Aldred, 43, of South Parade, Skegness, admitted charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and possession of an offensive weapon as a result of the incident on October 24.

The court was told that he was only released from prison in August after serving a six year sentence for a drugs offence.

Judge Michael Heath told him “This was unprovoked. A weapon was used and it was in a public place.

“You were under the influence of alcohol and you were on licence from prison.

“Not only did you actually make contact with the victim but you also took a swing at his brother.”

Terry Boston, defending, said Aldred had drunk three or four cans of lager earlier in the day and was asleep when he received the call from his brother.

He said: “His brother said he was being physically attacked by 10 men. Mr Aldred felt he could not live with himself if his brother was seriously injured. It was a rescue mission which went very badly wrong.”

Mr Boston said Aldred had been trying to change his life around and was ashamed of himself for carrying out the attack.