Drugged-up Horwich thug stabbed 'close friend' in bowel with scissors
A STAB victim who was attacked by his “close friend” was so badly hurt he needed surgery to repair his bowel, a court heard.
Jack Calderbank was jailed for four years yesterday at Bolton Crown Court for a drug-fuelled scissor attack on his friend Christopher Warne.
Nicholas Flanagan, prosecuting, told the court how both men had been among a group of friends enjoying a night out at the Saddle Inn in Lee Lane, Horwich, on March 24.
He said several friends went back to Mr Warne’s sister’s house in Horwich, where they continued drinking, and Mr Warne and Calderbank took cocaine.
But Calderbank became increasingly aggressive and said he was going to stab Mr Warne, before going to the kitchen where he found a pair of scissors in a drawer.
When Calderbank repeated he was going to stab his friend, 21-year-old Mr Warne thought he was joking and replied: “Well, go on then.”
“He ran straight towards Christopher Warne, who let out a scream,” said Mr Flanagan.
Mr Warne staggered backwards into a cupboard but did not realise he was seriously injured.
“Perhaps this was because of the alcohol and drugs he had taken,” said Mr Flanagan.
Calderbank left the house and went home, only to be followed by injured Mr Warne, who walked to the property before feeling sick and in pain and returning to his sister’s house where an ambulance was called.
The court heard that Mr Warne needed surgery to repair his bowel and spent five days in hospital.
In a statement, he said: “I feel lucky to be alive.”
The court was told he is not physically able to do the gardening work he enjoyed and now has a sales job in an office.
Calderbank, aged 22, of Brady Street, Horwich, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Shirlie Duckworth, defending, told the judge, Recorder Roger Farley QC, that the unpremeditated attack was out of character for Calderbank, who has no previous convictions.
“His biggest difficulty is reconciling to himself why he should do this to anyone, not least one of his close friends,” she said.
“It is a moment of madness which has cost him dearly.”