Exmouth dad-of-three thought he would die in attack

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 July 2015


An Exmouth man feared he would be killed and never see his children again when he was slashed with a knife by a jealous boyfriend.

Jason Davenport, of Exeter, armed himself with a kitchen knife and hunted down victim Malcolm Norwood, of Exmouth, slashing him across the face and neck - accusing him of seeing his ex-partner.

Davenport, 23, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was jailed for four years by Recorder Mr Rufus Taylor at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge also imposed a further four years on prison licence after declaring Davenport to be a dangerous offender.

Mr Norwood said the attack had a profound effect on his life, as well as leaving him permanently scarred. In a victim impact statement to the court, he said: “I believe he tried to kill me. It was a sustained attack, which left me with numerous cuts on the neck and face.

“I could feel blood running down my neck and thought I’d never see my three children again. I have been suffering flashbacks since the attack and rarely go out on my own.”

The court heard how Mr Norwood thought he was going to die and was lucky not to be blinded after being stabbed close to both his eyes.

He needed 10 stitches in five different wounds after being attacked as he left a convenience store in Exeter; he has been left with permanent scarring.

The judge told Davenport: “You believed Mr Norwood was having a relationship with your ex-girlfriend and had heard voices in your head earlier that day which told you to assault him.

“When you saw him you had a heated conversation and took a knife and stabbed him several times over the course of 16 seconds.

“I have seen a psychiatric report, which assesses you as being a risk to yourself and others.

“It says you have violent fantasies and problems with substance abuse.

“It is a matter of pure good fortune for you and Mr Norwood that the injuries were not more serious. They were close to the eye and he could have been blinded.”

Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said Davenport set out to look for Mr Norwood with a kitchen knife and found him coming out of a shop on June 2014.

Davenport repeatedly slashed and stabbed his victim, causing a 1.5cm cut under one eye and a 4.5cm L-shaped cut above the other, plus wounds to his ear and neck.

Mr Gareth Evans, defending, said CCTV footage from the scene showed the entire incident had been over in the space of a few seconds. He said there had been underlying difficulties between the two men.

The court was told Davenport had suffered bullying during the 11 months he had spent at Exeter Prison on remand and had a difficult home background and some mental health problems.

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