A yob who nearly stabbed another man to death in a South Yorkshire pub has been jailed for nine years.
Jack Ward, aged 21, had been showing off his knife to pals moments before he lunged at 20-year-old Corey Jackson in the Exchange pub, Domine Lane, Rotherham, in the early hours of October 12.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Jackson suffered a 15cm deep wound to his stomach, which required life-saving surgery.
The only potential motive was possible gang rivalry between ‘Kimberworth lads and Sheffield lads’, said prosecutor Louise Gallagher.
Ward, of Milnrow View, Parson Cross, Sheffield, admitted grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article, having initially been charged with attempted murder.
There was uproar in the public gallery after Ward was sentenced, with insults hurled at Judge Julian Goose.
One woman shouted ‘paedophiles don’t get that’ and amidst swearing another shouted ‘unconditional love’ as Ward was led away.
Ms Gallagher said: “It may be Mr Jackson was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The attack was captured on CCTV and in footage shown in court, Ward could be seen showing the blade to pals outside before putting it in his back pocket.
Five minutes later, once inside the bar, he stabbed his victim.
Fighting then broke out and Ward was chased out of the club through a fire exit.
Mr Jackson lost one-and-half litres of blood as the knife sliced a rib and artery and punctured his liver.
Doctors said if the knife had penetrated any further the attack could have proved fatal.
Jailing him, Judge Goose said Ward had lunged with the knife towards a group of young men as Mr Jackson ‘quite by accident’ was returning from the toilets.
Det Insp Steve Ashmore, of Rotherham CID, said: “South Yorkshire Police will not tolerate any acts of violence.”