Vulnerable Sheffield street attack victim stabbed in face

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A YOB who stabbed a vulnerable man with learning difficulties in the cheek with a 10-inch kitchen knife has been locked up for three years.

Caine Benjamin Gray, aged 21, shouted ‘you’re dead’ at Dennis Patterson before stabbing him as he walked home on November 5.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Gray had made the threat after he spotted Mr Patterson in Intake, Sheffield.

Grey went into his house and came out wielding a kitchen knife at the victim, who suffers from epilepsy and learning difficulties.

The court heard it was the second time Gray had targeted Mr Patterson.

Earlier last year, Gray jumped out of a car in Mansfield Road, accused Mr Patterson of staring at him and threw a can which hit him in the eye.

Sarah Wright, prosecuting, said: “The defendant went up to Mr Patterson and stabbed him in the cheek with the knife. He had blood pouring from his face and was taken to hospital.

“The knife went through the cheek and the upper part of his mouth by two centimetres and it was stitched inside and out.

“He has now made a full recovery.”

Gray was arrested six days afterwards but made no comment in interview.

He took part in an identity parade on November 15 and was singled out by Mr Patterson, but again refused to comment.

Gray, of Intake, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm on the day of his trial.

Rebecca Stevens, defending, said: “He has had difficulties in relation to his childhood. Despite the difficulties of his upbringing he has a very good work ethic.

“This was not a case where the defendant was out on the street with a weapon looking for the victim.”

Gray, who has a string of convictions was jailed for three years.

Judge Roger Keen QC said: “For some reason or another you held a grudge against this man. Your victim was deliberately targeted by you and was clearly vulnerable.”