Man 'stabbed in neck with nail clippers' in horrific Sheffield city centre attack

A defendant has narrowly been spared from jail after he stabbed another man in the neck with a pair of nail clippers.

Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 10:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th June 2020, 5:23 pm

Mark Jones, aged 46, formerly of Cowper Crescent, at Birley Edge, Sheffield, had a dispute on Haymarket, in Sheffield city centre, with another man he knew and they came together in nearby King Street where the offence took place, according to a Sheffield Crown Court hearing.

Giles Bridge, prosecuting, told the hearing on June 16: “He had in his hand a nail clipper and file and used it to stab him in the neck.”

Mr Bridge added the complainant suffered a one-and-half centimetre wound which had penetrated a muscle.

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Pictured is King Street, in Sheffield city centre, where a defendant stabbed a man with nail clippers after a dispute.

Jones, now of Lowedges, Sheffield, told police there had been a confrontation and claimed the other man had been the aggressor.

The defendant, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty to wounding and possessing a bladed article in a public place after the incident on August 8, 2019.

Andrew Smith, defending, said there was no excuse for the defendant’s behaviour but he is willing to work through and overcome his problems.

Recorder Adrian Langdale QC recognised Jones’s last offence was committed a long time ago in 2007 for possessing heroin and that he has dyslexia and ADHD and has had difficulties with drugs. He also acknowledged the defendant would benefit from some assistance.

Jones was sentenced to 13 months of custody suspended for two years with rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation requirements but he was warned any further offending or a breach of the suspended sentence could result in custody.