A Swadlincote man who stabbed his victim for ‘taking too long’ in a queue at an Asda petrol station has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Jack Oldfield, 26, of Stanhope Road, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, and three counts of carrying a knife after stabbing 30-year-old Robert Taylor on 11 July this year.
CCTV footage captured the moment in which Mr Taylor was confronted by Oldfield, and stabbed, in front of police officer PC Kim Wheldon who had just finished refuelling her car at the garage in Burton Road.
PC Wheldon said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack on an innocent man who had popped out to the shop that July evening.
“Oldfield had become annoyed at waiting in the queue because he felt that Mr Taylor had taken too long to choose a drink. There was an argument and Oldfield pulled a knife from his pocket and stabbed him in the neck.
“Oldfield also attempted to conceal the knife he had used and also left an imitation firearm in the police car in a bid to hide that.
“It was only good fortune that the injuries Mr Taylor suffered were not more serious.
“Although these kinds of incidents are rare, Oldfield’s sentence reflects the fact that the courts take them extremely seriously.
“I’d like to offer my best wishes to Mr Taylor, on behalf of the force, and hope that he can find some comfort in knowing that Oldfield is off our streets.”