Victim stabbed in row over stolen jewellery
A 20-year-old who stabbed another man in the chest during a struggle sparked by stolen jewellery was yesterday starting a six-month period of detention.
Dean Harrison, from Ards Drive in Newtownabbey, will spend an additional six months on supervised licence upon his release after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm to the victim.
The stabbing occurred on the evening of January 26 last year, when Harrison called at the home of the injured party's girlfriend.
With a knife in his hand, Harrison blamed the other man for stealing items of jewellery belonging to his mother which were taken during a party.
When he saw the knife, the injured party made a grab for Harrison. During the struggle the victim suffered a single stab wound to his chest, which required emergency surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he remained for five days.
Judge Stephen Fowler QC said that while it was "ultimately an accidental stabbing", Harrison brought the knife to the other man's home.