A “DANGEROUS” man who slashed another man across the throat at a house party was jailed for seven years.
Alan Bevington was described as a risk to public safety by a judge who passed sentence on him at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday, after hearing how his victim was left needing 11 staples in his neck.
The court was told Bevington, 25, was at a party in Birkenhead in March last year and went upstairs with a girl.
But he heard a group of men making threatening remarks about him and went downstairs, armed with a Stanley knife.
He spotted victim Carl Dillon sitting in the living room and slashed him across the throat – damaging two jugular veins, his Adam’s apple and voicebox.
Mr Dillon was rushed to hospital and had to undergo surgery on the 15cm wound, which left him scarred for life.
He was released from hospital the next day, but Judge Mark Brown said it was “extremely fortunate” his injuries were not more serious.
He handed Bevington an extended sentence of 10 years, seven of which will be served behind bars with the remainder on licence.
The court heard Bevington, of New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, had 96 previous convictions, nine of which were for violence.
He admitted wounding Mr Dillon just days before a trial was due to go ahead, claiming in interview after his arrest that he had not inflicted the injury.
Psychiatric reports revealed he suffers from a dissocial personality disorder and has problems with alcohol and cocaine use. He showed no emotion as his sentence was passed.
Judge Brown added: “It is clear that throughout your life you have had problems controlling your temper and that you have no respect for authority figures. You become aggressive if you perceive that people are wronging you.
“It is clear to me that you are a dangerous individual.”