Knife-wielding thug attacked Sheffield car salesman

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A knife-wielding thug with a string of previous convictions for violence has been jailed for three years after he pulled out a knife and stabbed a car salesman in Sheffield during a row over a deal.

During his short life, 25-year-old Jermaine Hage, who has previous convictions for violent disorder, assault, robbery and affray, has already been handed jail terms amounting to 10 years, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

James Baird, prosecuting, said in January 2013 Hage went with his friend Saidouba Fadiga to buy a vehicle from Roger Byrne, who ran a business buying and selling cars from his home in Westland Grove, Westfield, Sheffield.

Fadiga bought an Audi A3 from Mr Byrne for £545, but returned six days later complaining it didn’t work.

“Hage was demanding the money back that they had paid for the car,” said Mr Baird.

“In the course of these demands he produced a knife from his right sleeve. 
“It was six inches long with a serrated edge.

“He threatened Mr Byrne, saying if he didn’t get his money back he would smash up a van.

“At that stage he lunged at Mr Byrne with the knife.”

The car salesman went into his home and returned with a baseball bat.

“Again the defendant lunged at Mr Byrne and at that stage the knife connected with his forehead,” the prosecutor said.

Mr Byrne suffered two knife wounds to his forehead which had to be glued at hospital.

Hage and Fadiga fled in the Audi, but were later arrested.

Mr Baird said Mr Byrne had been left with scarring, and felt the whole event had left him ‘shaken’.

In a victim impact statement Mr Byrne said: “No-one has any right to attack me outside my own home.”

Hage, of no fixed abode, admitted wounding and possessing a blade in public.

Richard Jepson, defending, said: “He’s 25 years old and staggeringly he has already been given jail terms totalling 10 years.

“He would accept he is going down the path of becoming institutionalised.

“This wasn’t even his argument. His friend had bought the vehicle and it didn’t work so it was taken back for a refund.”

Mr Jepson said Hage had been released from his most recent jail sentence in 2013 and had found a job at a bakery.

“He’s thrown away all that.”

Hage smiled and waved at his partner in the public gallery as Mr Jepson told the judge: “He’s genuinely sorry for what has happened.”

Jailing Hage, Recorder Anthony Kelbrick said: “You know carrying of a weapon is serious. You had that weapon with you - it wasn’t something you found at the scene.”

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