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Seven years for thug who knifed victim in the head

By George Jackson

Published 15/10/2015

Young has been assessed as a danger to the public
Young has been assessed as a danger to the public

A violent thug who slashed a man's head open with a kitchen knife with such force that the victim's skull was visible has been sentenced to seven years at the Crown Court in Londonderry.

William Young, from Glengiven Road in Limavady, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and of threatening to kill a man and a woman during a violent attack in his former girlfriend's home on March 14 last year.

Young (30) and his accomplice Patrick McDonald (25), who admitted assaulting the same victim, entered the woman's house in Coolessan Walk in Limavady and immediately launched a violent assault on the man.

They both kicked and punched him off a kitchen stool onto the floor where they again kicked and punched him to the head.

Their victim tried to defend himself but as he lay on the floor Young grabbed a knife with a six-inch serrated blade and started slicing and slashing at his defenceless victim.

He sustained multiple knife wounds to his face and scalp and one of the injuries was so deep that his skull was visible.

Judge Philip Babington said the reason for the unprovoked attack was a mystery.

He said when the police and Ambulance Service arrived at the scene the victim was bleeding heavily and was unresponsive.

Young shouted to a woman in the house: "I am going to kill him you b******." He also yelled: "Tell that ginger haired b****** that I will put him six feet under." Young was found outside the house shouting: "I killed him, I killed him."

His accomplice McDonald had by this time left the house and took no part in the knife assault.

A psychiatrist who examined the innocent victim said in his report that he still suffered physically and mentally as a result of the attack.

Judge Babington said Young had perpetrated extreme violence against his innocent victim in what was a vicious and sustained attack carried out after Young had consumed a cocktail of alcohol and drugs.

He said Young came before the court with 19 previous criminal convictions, one of them involving Young slashing and slicing a man on the chest, face and scalp.

He added that Young had been assessed as being such a danger to the public that if he is released from jail early, any period on licence will be increased by an additional three years.

Judge Babington said McDonald, from Sperrin Park in Limavady, had left the house when Young grabbed the knife.

He said McDonald had served the equivalent of one year in custody since his arrest and a pre-sentence report stated that period in jail had a profound impact on him. He imposed a 12-month sentence, suspended for three years, on McDonald, who has 14 previous criminal convictions.

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