A ‘DANGEROUS’ addict who knifed a piano teacher after a two-day booze and drugs bender will be back on the streets in less than three years after his indefinite sentence was quashed on appeal.
Music tutor Peter Anderson was on his way to teach students when he was set upon and stabbed in the chest by 22-year-old Jack Watson.
Watson, of Smelterwood Road, Stradbroke, Sheffield, was jailed indefinitely for public protection at Sheffield crown court last year after he admitted wounding with intent.
But his open-ended jail term - which meant only a parole board could approve his release when he was no longer deemed to be dangerous - was quashed and replaced with a sentence which will see him freed after two-and-a-half years.
The Court of Appeal heard Watson threatened Mr Anderson with a steak knife in April 2010.
Mr Anderson tried to defend himself but Watson plunged the blade into his chest, causing a collapsed lung and one-inch puncture wound. Mr Anderson was hospitalised but made a brave recovery.
Watson confessed he’d been drinking all weekend and taking Tamazepam before the attack.
Watson’s lawyers told the court prison reports showed he had come off drugs and should have been given a determinate term.
The judges replaced the term with a five-year sentence. Watson will serve half behind bars before serving an extended period on licence in the community.
Judge Paul Batty QC said: “This court is looking at future risk and how it can be managed. Of course, at some stage the appellant is to be released, he cannot remain indefinitely in the controlled environment of prison.”