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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Thug who bottled man and stabbed woman at party jailed

A knife-wielding thug who bottled a man then stabbed a woman after turning violent at a house party has been jailed for five years.

Rhys Mason photo
Rhys Mason

Rhys Mason, 23, left Rebecca Clements with five knife wounds when he went berserk at a gathering in Whitehaven.

He hit fellow party-goer Malcolm Riley over the head with a glass bottle after spending the night drinking.

Mason, of Calder Avenue, Whitehaven, told police who arrested him he would “slice” one of them up. And he bragged to officers: “I’m going to prison. It’s alright, I’ll have a laugh with my mates.”

Judge Paul Batty QC seized on this remark as he sentenced Mason at Carlisle Crown Court.

He told Mason: “You’re going to have plenty of time to laugh with your mates in Durham Prison.”

Mason, who was said to have a “formidable record of violence”, was also sentenced for domestic violence offences against a former girlfriend.

Richard Archer, prosecuting, told the court Mason’s father had been hosting a party at his home on February 7.

“In the early hours there was a noticeable and unpleasant change to Mason’s behaviour,” said Mr Archer.

“He was displaying violence, firstly to the furniture then to the guests.

“He was grabbing hold of people. At one stage he put on a jacket that belonged to Rebecca Clements.”

She pulled at the jacket, the court heard, and Mason pushed her away.

Mason’s father told him he was “out of order” and there was “a scuffle” between them.

Mr Riley became involved. “His reward for that was a strike to the head with a glass bottle,” said Mr Archer, adding Mr Riley punched Mason.

Mason then went into the kitchen and came back with a kitchen knife.

Mr Archer said: “Rebecca Clements tried to push Mason onto the sofa.

“He caught her on the forehead with the knife.”

There was no suggestion this was intentional.

She was also stabbed in her abdomen and she later discovered she had suffered four stab wounds to her thigh. None were deep.

The court also heard details of two separate assaults on a former partner, Leanne Dixon.

In one he had hit her with a belt and punched her in the jaw, knocking out a front tooth.

In another he hit her on the head with a shoe.

Greg Hoare, defending, said Mason was “really ashamed” of his behaviour with his ex-girlfriend.

Mason was jailed for two years each on two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm on his former partner. They will run concurrently. In connection with the party, he was jailed for 32 months for unlawful wounding and four months each on charges of affray and assault.

The unlawful wounding sentence will run consecutively to the affray and party assault – which run concurrently – and consecutively to the other charges.

Mason admitted the offences.

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