Mark Aspland who swung knife 'like a windmill' jailed for 5 years
A MAN waved a knife “like a windmill” leaving his victim with three stab separate wounds.
Mark Aspland, aged 42, of Alun Road in Mayhill, attacked James Murphy after drinking and taking drugs on July 13. He has been jailed for five years.
He said he was trying to protect his partner’s daughter, Elizabeth Lewis, by attacking Mr Murphy.
Aspland had been drinking before the attack and had stopped taking his medication. He also said he had taken a tablet which Mr Murphy had allegedly offered her so she wouldn’t take it.
The trio were all in the Schooner pub on Somerset Place in Swansea when Aspland began arguing with both Mr Murphy and another man.
Aspland then showed Mr Murphy a Stanley Knife which he had in his sock and threatened to “slice someone up”.
Miss Lewis’s mother, Sarah, was also in the pub, and said she was approached by Aspland despite a non-molestation order being in place. She said he made threats to her too.
Aspland was asked to leave the pub and Mr Murphy went to go look for him. He caught up with Aspland and told him: “You can’t go around slicing people”. Aspland then said: “You wants it as well?”
It was after that Aspland swung out at him, “like a windmill” prosecutor Kevin Jones said.
Before walking away, Aspland threatened to kill Mr Murphy.
Mr Murphy received three wounds, two described as deep and one which was 17cm long.
Afterwards, Aspland told nearby bouncers he had hurt someone using keys, and later told police it was in self defence but eventually pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon.
Huw Rees, for Aspland, said his client was trying to protect Miss Lewis. “Irrational as it is, the offence is in the context of somebody who’s concerned about this complaint’s influence on his girlfriend’s daughter.”
Judge Merfyn Jones, sitting at Swansea Crown Court said: “You have a number of previous convictions but at a relatively low level but there’s a clear and established criminal lifestyle”.
He said this was a “significant escalation in seriousness”.
The judge said being under the influence of alcohol and drugs, the public location of the offence and the fact he was on bail for another offence were all aggravating features.