Man Receives 14 Years for Stabbing in Haywards Heath

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A man has been given a 14 year prison sentence for Grievous bodily harm with intent after repeatedly stabbing a man in the thigh. Ricky Minott stabbed a man in a flat in Burchetts Close last January.

On January 20th, 2017, officers entered the flat at 1.50pm after a report that a 36-year-old man had been stabbed and was now bleeding.

Minott was at the flat to collect a debt from the victim. He was informed that the debt would be paid the next day, and then proceeded to punch the victim before frenziedly stabbing him several times in the leg with a lock knife.

The victim remained in hospital for several weeks and the injuries from his leg wound have been life changing.

26-year-old Minott was thought to be linked to the crime, but went into hiding shortly afterwards. He was arrested in August last year in Kent and charged with GBH with intent and two counts of intimidating a witness.

His trial took place at Lewes Crown Court between December 18th and 22nd. He was found guilty of the GBH, but not of the witness intimidation.

On February 5th he attended the Brighton Crown Court for his hearing and was given a 14 year prison sentence for a minimum of nine and a half years and a further four on licence when he is released.

Detective Constable Adam Tidy said: “The victim has been hugely affected by this attack and now has to use a stick to walk. His sciatic nerve was completely severed and he has very little feeling in one of his legs. He has to take several different prescribed medicines to combat the continuous pain suffered from the nerve damage caused, as well as medication to help him sleep. He was pleased that the offender was brought to justice.

“The fast response of the initial paramedics and police officers on scene probably saved the victim’s life as he was losing so much blood his injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

“Minott showed a complete lack of remorse throughout the trial for this brutal and pre-meditated attack. I am pleased he has been brought to justice.”

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