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Michael Charles Turford jailed for stabbing man at pub in High Hawkser, near Whitby

(Via Ryedale News) A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for stabbing another man near a North Yorkshire pub.

Michael Charles Turford, 32, was sentenced by York Crown Court yesterday after he was found guilty of wounding with intent.

Turford stabbed the 30-year-old victim, who came from Derbyshire, three times in the chest and abdomen outside the Hare and Hounds pub in High Hawsker, near Whitby, last April.

North Yorkshire Police said Turford, of Back Lane, High Hawsker, had been involved in an incident with the victim prior to the stabbing – which happened at about 10pm on Sunday, April 20 – and fled the scene of the stabbing, before being arrested the next day.

Detective Sergeant Ash Khan, of North Yorkshire Police’s major crime unit, called the attack “very violent”. Evidence refuted Turford’s self-defence claim.

He said: “Turford was involved in an earlier incident where he had been aggressive and cruel towards a family dog belonging to the victim.

“After going to confront Turford, the victim was stabbed three times, causing significant injuries to his chest and abdomen area even though he had been wearing several layers of clothing.”

Turford was also sentenced to a further two years in prison, to run concurrently, for possession of a knife.

The victim has since made a full physical recovery from his injuries.

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