A man who was as “drunk as a lord” when he used a homemade blade to slash the neck of a neighbour was jailed for 10 years yesterday (Tuesday, September 5).
Neil Frame, 61, of Richard Stagg Close, St Albans, caused a 20cm-long wound that was deep enough to expose underlying muscle, after a night of drinking. The 20-year-old victim underwent seven hours of surgery and needed two blood transfusions, St Albans Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann said Frame had gone out on the night of Saturday, March 4, this year and got “as drunk as a lord”. He then went to the house of a neighbour who had given him a loan to ask when he was going to get his money back.
The neighbour’s son answered the door. Fearing for his safety, the victim punched Frame, who ended up on his backside. The neighbour shut the door, only for Frame to return later on with a homemade knife and a hammer and cause serious injury to the victim.
Frame was cleared by the jury of attempted murder. He had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possessing a blade.
Judge Michael Kay KC jailed him for 10 years.