Hawsker man jailed for seven years

MIchael Turford
MIchael Turford

A Hawsker man has been jailed for seven years for stabbing a holidaymaker in the village last spring.

Michael Charles Turford (32) was sentenced at York Crown Court this morning (Monday).

hare and hounds pub, hawsker

hare and hounds pub, hawsker

At an earlier hearing he had been found guilty of wounding with intent.

He was sentenced to a further two years, to run concurrently, for possession of a knife.

Turford attacked his victim, a 30-year-old man from Derbyshire, outside the Hare and Hounds pub at around 10pm on Sunday 20 April 2014, stabbing him three times in the chest and abdomen.

Turford had earlier been involved in an incident with the victim, during which he was aggressive towards his family dog.

He fled the scene of the incident leaving the victim with serious injuries, and was arrested in the early hours of the following morning.

After the sentence was handed out, Detective Sergeant Ash Khan, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said he was satisfied with the verdict and the outcome of the case which should serve as a warning to people who carry knives.

He said: “I am satisfied with the verdict of the jury and the sentence which has been passed by the court for what was a very violent attack on the victim by Michael Turford.

“Turford was involved in an earlier incident where he had been aggressive and cruel towards a family dog belonging to the victim.

“After going to confront Turford, the victim was stabbed three times causing significant injuries to his chest and abdomen area even though he had been wearing several layers of clothing.

“The evidence gathered by the Major Crime Unit clearly showed that this was not a case of self -defence as Turford had claimed.

“This case demonstrates the dangers and consequences of people carrying a knife and hopefully Michael Turford will use his time in prison to reflect on his actions.

“I hope that the sentence passed in this case acts as a deterrent to others who carry knives.”

The victim has since made a full physical recovery from his injuries.