A thug repeatedly stabbed a man in the back during a road rage incident on a quiet residential street, a court heard.
Daniel Howard Rawsthorne attacked Steven Kershaw after pulling out in front of him on Barnes Avenue in Rawtenstall.
The hearing was told that Rawsthorne launched the attack with a ‘two to three inch blade’ despite Mr Kershaw telling the defendant they had got away with no damage from the crash.
The court heard that some of Kershaw’s injuries had penetrated his skin despite him wearing a coat.
He had a puncture wound on his back which required several stitches and other marks on his torso consistent with blows from a knife tip.
Rawsthorne, 31, of Rothwell Avenue, Accrington, had pleaded guilty to ABH and possessing a bladed weapon at an earlier hearing.
Burnley Crown Court heard that at around 8am on November 1 last year Rawsthorne’s car had pulled out in front of victim Steven Kershaw’s car, causing a minor collision.
Prosecuting, Stephen Parker, said: “Both men got out of their cars after moving to the side. Mr Kershaw said words to the effect that ‘we’ve got away with no damage’ before turning his back and feeling what he thought was a punch. He was attacked with further blows and saw the assailant holding a knife with a two or three inch blade.
“Mr Rawsthorne then drove off but Mr Kershaw managed to take a picture of his registration plate.”
Mr Parker said Rawsthorne was arrested shortly afterwards and during police interviews said he had thrown the weapon away while driving on the Haslingden Bypass.
Rawsthorne said the blade was attached to a key ring and that he normally used it for cutting masking or duct tape.
Defending, Philip Holden said that since his conviction his client had lost his job as a security officer. He had also recently suffered a family bereavement and was on anti-depressant medication.
Sentencing, Recorder Guy Mathieson, said: “This started with a minor road traffic accident, for which it looks like you could have been at fault but it turned into a nasty little road rage incident.
“I have to wonder quite what went through your head. I know from experience that in incidents like this it does not take much to kill someone.
“It was a stupid act which could easily have had fatal consequences.“
Rawsthorne was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also handed a community order which requires him to undergo 25 days of rehabilitation work.