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Carl Fricker jailed for slashing victim with a knife
A FATHER-OF-FOUR with a “troubling record of violence” has been jailed for seven years for slashing a man with a knife.
Carl Fricker knifed Adrian White across the ribs in a row over a parking space in Oak Road, Bursledon, on December 21 last year.
Southampton Crown Court previously heard how Mr White was punched and kicked after complaining to neighbour Leon Elliott about his work van being parked outside his home.
Fricker, 29, a friend of Mr Elliott, drove to Oak Road after receiving a call that Mr White was involved in a heated confrontation with Mr Elliott’s partner.
Fricker, armed with a Stanley knife, joined Mr Elliott and a fight broke out with Mr White.
Mr White was left with a broken jaw, which had plates inserted, and stitches for a four-inch knife wound.
Both Fricker, of Warburton Road, Southampton, and Mr Elliott stood trial in July for grievous bodily harm with intent.
Mr Elliott was acquitted by jurors but they took more than six hours to find Fricker guilty of the same charge.
At his sentencing at Southampton Crown Court, it was revealed Fricker has previous convictions for domestic violence, and a conviction for obstructing police after he bit the hand of a security officer detaining him.
Relationships An impact statement compiled by Mr White was handed to judge Garry Ralls QC where it was heard the victim had lost his home and car following the attack and is now living in a bed and breakfast.
Zoe van den Bosch, for Fricker, said her defendant’s descent into criminal convictions stemmed from “deteriorating” relationships between him and his previous partner of ten years.
She said: “In 2008 he had an affair – in a sense there were affairs on both sides. It is from that stage we find him before the courts again and again. Each of these offences were down to deteriorating relationships.
“This is something different – this is a one off. There is not going to be a repeat attack on Mr White. He doesn’t intend to do anything like this again.
“What he really intends to do when released from custody is to move out of Southampton and into the country with his family, which the court heard he is devoted to.”
Sentencing Fricker to seven years in jail, Judge Ralls said: “This is a very serious offence. It is an offence below attempted murder.
“This was a deliberate assault on Mr White, to punish him for offending Leon Elliott’s partner. On the face of it, it was a trivial incident.
“Your part in it was to join in. It was not your quarrel.
“You are a man who has had a troubling record of violence.
“I am satisfied there is another side to your character but in this case what you did was stupid and uncalled for.”
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