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Worcester man jailed for stabbing couple

Worcester Editorial 5th Dec, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A WORCESTER man has been jailed for 16 years after stabbing a couple in a domestic violence incident earlier this year.

Martin Dark, of Bolston Road, was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) after previously pleading guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent.

He also admitted attempting to escape from lawful custody and possession of an offensive weapon.

The court heard the 52-year-old stabbed the man 12 times to the head, chest and arms with a knife and caused serious facial injuries to a woman in the attack which took place at 2am on May 20.

He was jailed for 11 years for the two counts of GBH with intent and was handed a concurrent sentence of two years for attempting to escape from custody.

Dark was given a further two years for possession of the offensive weapon.

Due to the scale of the offences and because Dark was deemed to be a dangerous individual, the judge added another five years to the sentence.

PC Manny Sidhu said: “This was a particularly nasty attack and, while this kind of offence does not happen very often in Worcester, we are pleased with the 16-year sentence which obviously recognises the seriousness of Dark’s assaults.

“Dark’s jailing comes during the White Ribbon Campaign, which aims to help end violence against women.

“West Mercia Police is backing the campaign and this case is a perfect example of how we will not tolerate such violence.

“We are glad the courts have supported this stance with such a strong sentence.”

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