Man jailed for stabbing sister’s boyfriend on their first night together in Richmond home

June 2, 2017
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A father-of-one who stabbed his sister’s new boyfriend in the heart as they spent their first night together has been jailed for 10 years.

Ryan Hill, 21, of Mortlake, plunged a kitchen knife into Ben Warren’s chest after he had met up with his sister Louisa Hill for a night out in Richmond.

After a night drinking vodka, the father-of-one launched a “horrific” attack on the boyfriend after the couple went back to Louisa’s home in McDougall Court, Richmond.

The stabbing took place at McDougall Court in Richmond
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Hill snapped after realising they had slept together and grabbed a large knife from his sister’s kitchen on January 21, the Old Bailey heard.

The young man, who has a one-year-old baby, then punctured Mr Warren’s heart with a single blow as he sat naked on the bed.

Judge Philip Katz, who jailed Hill for 10 years as the offender wept in the dock, condemned the attack on a “defenceless” victim.

“You armed yourself with a substantial and frightening weapon, swung your arm and nearly killed him, swinging a sharp kitchen knife into the chest of someone who was completely vulnerable and defenceless and wasn’t expecting this attack.”

After the attack, it took paramedics three attempts to restart Mr Warren’s chest and he woke in hospital two weeks later.

Hill, a plumber with a previous conviction for GBH, fled the scene and later claimed self-defence during his police interview.

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Just three years ago, Hill followed a member of the public and, when the victim tried to appease him, Hill hit him over the head with a bottle.

Judge Katz said: “You were 20 at the time of this horrific offence and you don’t come before this court as a young man of good character.

“Here you were yet again getting drunk on vodka and committing the most horrific unprovoked assault with a knife against a young man who had met your sister.

“He has been left, from the evidence that I have seen, with a massive scar across his chest, about which unsurprisingly he is distressed.

“It would be impossible to say other than that the impact on that young man of this unprovoked surprise attack which nearly killed him has been enormous.

“The fact that you didn’t kill that man is no thanks to you.”

Hill, of Mortlake High Street, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but denied attempted murder.

Prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the lesser offence.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/man-jailed-stabbing-sisters-boyfriend-13125257


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