Man, 52, cut ex in tyre-slash row; STREET ROW AFTER HE FOUND CAR DAMAGED.
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A RAGING drunk cut his ex's neck with a craft knife in street "argy-bargy" over damaged car tyres.
A judge said knife attackers would be jailed as he sent 52-year-old Christopher Hey to prison.
Hey armed himself with the bladed weapon after convincing himself that his ex's son was responsible for damage to his car tyres.
He came to her Middlesbrough home angry and abusive, trying to push his way in, swearing and making disparaging remarks about his former girlfriend's new partner.
When told young children were sleeping upstairs, he simply swore saying he didn't care.
Prosecutor Jenny Haigh told Teesside Crown Court: "There was something of an incident outside.
"There was shouting and screaming and running about. There was lots of to-ing and fro-ing, pushing and shoving. Nobody seems to be very clear how the injuries occurred."
Hey was holding a craft knife during the fracas on September 7, the court heard.
The mum felt blood tricking down her neck from a 7cm cut as she tried to get Hey to leave. She also suffered a 10cm cut to her right arm.
Her son's right arm dripped with blood from two cuts and his T-shirt was cut following the trouble.
He later said he was shocked by the attack and it left him nervous and looking over his shoulder.
Hey admitted possessing an offensive weapon and two counts of assault causing actual bodily harm, his first conviction in 24 years.
Duncan McReddie, defending, said: "Christopher Hey accepts that he alone is responsible for this incident. He does not blame anybody else's actions for what he did. This does seem to be an act entirely out of character."
He said Hey drank too much before finding his car damaged: "That sent him into a rage that caused him to behave in a way that he's never previously behaved."
He added Hey had the knife in his hand and the victims were injured in a row described as "argybargy, pushing and shoving, grappling".
He said: "It isn't described as an attack with a knife, an overt purposeful action to create stab wounds."
He quoted Hey as saying: "It was a crazy thing. I don't understand it."
He said Hey was otherwise a law-abiding and hardworking dad and a full-time groundworker. The court heard Hey had been in contact with the mum since. Mr McReddie said Hey received calls from her during a legal consultation.
He urged the court to consider a suspended prison sentence.
Judge Howard Crowson said Hey had the craft knife and must have exposed the blade in the struggle, against a background of tension.
He said Hey's actions carried "significant risks of the sort of injury which you did in fact cause".
Hey, of Victoria Avenue, Wallsend, was jailed for 14 months.
He was given a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting the male victim.