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Burnley knifeman jailed for attack on ex
10:00pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in News
A THUG who attacked his ex-partner and a neighbour then terrorised them with a large carving knife, has been jailed for nine months.
Burnley Crown Court was told how Derek Kearney, 44, set about Arran Shraft when he intervened in the defendant’s assault on his former girlfriend Lois Keegan.
Kearney sank his teeth into him and punched him. Mr Shraft and Miss Keegan had sought refuge in Mr Shraft’s home and the defendant went there, armed with the eight inch blade and told Mr Shraft: “I’m going to stab you. I'm going to slash you up.”
The court heard he then put the knife through the letterbox, waved it around and Mr Shraft was injured trying to kick it away.
Drink and drugs addict Kearney, of Bar Street, Burnley, who admitted assault, racially aggravated assault and possessing an offensive weapon, on August 27, was committed for sentence by magistrates.
Michael Wallbank, prosecuting, said Miss Keegan and Kearney had split up, but were living at the same house, in Pine Street, Nelson. He became irate when she said she was thinking of returning to Skelmersdale to live. He grabbed her hair and hit her across the left cheek, causing her to fall to the floor and bang her head.
Passerby Mr Shraft saw some of the incident and pulled Kearney from the victim as she lay on the ground, dazed.