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Noise row neighbour jailed over Torquay stabbing

A Devon man who stabbed a neighbour's friend in the back and threatened him with a baseball bat in a row over noise has been jailed for 30 months.

Daniel Cox confronted neighbours in the flat below in Burridge Road, Torquay, when he himself was in the process of being evicted for playing loud music.

Cox, 21, admitted unlawful wounding and possessing an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing at Exeter Crown Court.

The judge said the attack, in October, had been premeditated.

Trouble had been brewing for some time
Lee Bremridge, defence barrister

The court had been told Cox, who was on licence for a five-year jail term for an armed robbery in which a knife was used, had been in a bitter dispute between the neighbours over Cox playing loud music late into the night.

But one night in October last year, Cox and his pregnant girlfriend banged on their floor to tell the neighbours in the flat blow to quieten down.

Cox then went downstairs armed with the baseball bat and knife and confronted John White - a friend of the neighbours - who tried to disarm him.

Defence barrister Lee Bremridge described his client's actions as stupid and completely unacceptable.

"Noise was the trigger and trouble had been brewing for some time," he said.

It was only good fortune that Mr White had not been more seriously hurt, Mr Bremridge added.



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