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Teen says 'you mess with me - you get stabbed' after knifing man with 14-inch blade; Jack Walton stabbed his victim after trying to knife his friend at a house party in Tunstall, a court heard.

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A teenager has been sentenced after stabbing a man with aduring a house party.

Jack Walton, 19, tried to stab the victim in the chest but missed and stabbed his left forearm instead,Stoke-on-Trent Livereports.

A court heard the stabbing happened at a home in Tunstall in the early hours of November 24 last year after the teenager turned up at a party unannounced.

The victim was taken toand needed surgery to repair damage to his tendon and nerves in his arm.

Walton, of Wolstanton, carried out the attack just weeks after stealing a motorbike during a burglary in Bradwell.

He was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trentto six years in detention in a young offenders' institution after pleading guilty to charges of theft, burglary, wounding with intent, affray and having a knife in public.

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Prosecutor John Brotherton said: "One man asked the defendant who he was and he became hostile.

"The defendant asked the complainant if he knew a man and he said he had heard the name.

"The defendant said, 'I am Jojo'. The complainant responded, 'What about it'. The defendant became more annoyed.

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"The defendant swung a punch at another man who attempted to lunge at him. The defendant pulled out a knife which was about 14-inches long. He attempted to stab the man in the chest but missed.

"He then turned his attention to the complainant and attempted to stab him several times to the chest. He was stabbed to his left forearm.

"The defendant shouted, 'I am Jojo, do not mess with me. If you mess with me you will get stabbed'. Five minutes later the defendant left."

Two weeks before the stabbing, at 4.30pm on November 9, Walton stole a motorbike from outside a house in Bradwell. He was part of a gang of up to seven men, the court heard.

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Mr Brotherton said: "The complainant sensed there may be trouble. He recognised the defendant.

"The defendant said, 'What you say boys', and grabbed hold of one of the motorbikes. He said he was taking it. The complainant went in his house to tell a friend what was happening. The complainant walked in the kitchen to find the defendant in there holding a hammer.

"He swung it once in the complainant's face. The complainant told his step-sister to call her dad. The defendant and the group left, taking a motorbike."

Carl Hargan, mitigating, said the defendant was 18 when he committed the offences and added: "He hopes to put this behind him and be a good father."

Judge Paul Glenn told Walton: "You appear to revel in your status as a violent individual."

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Teenager Jack Walton stabbed a house party guest in Tunstall

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The scene of the stabbing at a house party in Tunstall

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Jack Walton was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent crown court for stabbing another man at a house party

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Jack Walton's stabbing victim was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital and needed surgery

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