Paragraph 8 reads: "Defence barrister Nigel Soppitt said his client would regularly drink to excess and was taking anti- depressants at the time of the attack but had now curbed his drinking."
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Drunk is spared jail over stabbingJan 9 2010 by Andrew Pain, Evening Gazette
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A DRUNK who sank 14 pints of Stella Artois and stabbed a man in the face has said sorry to his victim.
Robert Peter Rowden made his apology to Andrew Milward while being sentenced for the offence at Teesside Crown Court.
The court heard the incident occurred in the beer garden of The Smithy pub in Coulby Newham on August 28.
An altercation took place between Rowden, 28, Mr Milward and two other men. Rowden was then caught on CCTV waving a knife which he subsequently jabbed into Mr Milward’s face causing a minor gash.
Later that day he was arrested nearby and the knife was found at his home at Hallowfield, Coulby Newham.
Rowden told police: “I would just like to apologise to the lad really.”
He pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
Defence barrister Nigel Soppitt said his client would regularly drink to excess and was taking anti- depressants at the time of the attack but had now curbed his drinking.
Judge Peter Armstrong said: “You had been drinking to excess when you shouldn’t have been drinking at all. What’s more you armed yourself with a knife and left Andrew Milward with a one-inch cut on his face.”
He gave Rowden a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years.