Thug wielded dagger above head and stabbed stranger in South Yorkshire attack

Steven Watkins
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A drunken lout who ran towards a stranger wielding a dagger above his head before stabbing him has been jailed.

Steven Watkins left the man lying in a pool of blood just hours after he had racially abused a shopkeeper and spat on his counter.

The 30-year-old, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven years and 10 months at Sheffield Crown Court.

Christine Egerton, prosecuting, said Watkins approached a married couple in their car, which had broken down in a working men’s club car park in Thurnscoe, on September 28 last year.

When the man wound his window down, Watkins pulled out a six-inch dagger and started lunging at him.

Eventually Watkins walked away but the victim, a 33-year-old man, followed him to see where he went as his wife called the police.

Ms Egerton said: “It seems he had gone about 20 to 25 metres away from the car when the defendant stopped and looked back.

“He lifted his right arm, waved the knife in the air and ran towards him.”

Watkins continued to lash out and the victim said he felt an ‘intense’ pain in his abdomen as he was stabbed.

The court heard earlier on the same night, Watkins went to Windsors Convenience Store on Windsor Street, made a racist comment to the shopkeeper and spat on his counter.

He also tried to slap him in the face and threw a metal ice cream sign at the door. Later on, he returned and threatened to kill the shopkeeper and burn his house down.

Richard Barrdell, defending, said: “He had been out drinking and he would have been far better off going home.”

Watkins admitted wounding with intent and affray.