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Patrick Reilly jailed after attacking a car with a carving knife
A THUG has been jailed after attacking a car with a carving knife while the driver sat inside.
The attack came after a day-long drinking session during which Patrick Reilly sank around 15 pints.
At Winchester Crown Court the 49-year-old admitted charges of attempting to commit actual bodily harm, criminal damage and having a bladed article in a public place.
The court heard that it was not certain what had prompted his violence.
Prosecutor Andrew Houston said police were called at around 9pm on July 11 after an argument between Reilly and a woman spilled out on to the street from his home in Longcroft Road, Kingsclere.
A witness told the police over the telephone that a man, now known to be Alan Blanchard, pulled up in a soft-top car and got out of the vehicle, said Mr Houston.
It was then believed that Reilly went briefly back inside his flat before returning to the street with a large carving knife.
Reilly then made stabbing motions towards the man, who got back in the car. Mr Houston said: “He stabbed at the soft top, attempting to stab through. A witness who saw what was going on described it as him ‘not messing about’ – he seemed to be trying to stab the male.”
Defending Reilly, Pieter Briegel said that Mr Blanchard had been to the flat earlier that day and was thought to have hit a friend of Reilly’s over the head.
He claimed Mr Blanchard had been armed with several weapons, including a wrench.
He said Reilly’s dog was in Mr Blanchard’s car when the attack happened and that Reilly was “simply trying to get his dog, with which he has a real attachment.”
Judge Peter Henry said that Reilly could have been facing a charge of murder, had he succeeded in stabbing his victim.
He told Reilly that he may have escaped an immediate prison sentence, had it not been for his appalling record of previous convictions.
He said: “You have 111 previous convictions relating to 266 previous offences. Fourteen of these are for offences against the person, 29 against property, 35 public order offences and eight offences relating to items such as offensive weapons and they involve carrying knives. Knives are extremely dangerous weapons.”
He sentenced Reilly to a total of 20 months imprisonment.
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