Chisel stab youth is jailed for four years
4:40pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who used a chisel to stab an innocent man in the neck in front of shocked shoppers has been jailed for four years.
Brady Painter had been involved in a Facebook row with the victim’s brother before arranging to meet up and settle differences at Greenbridge Retail Park.
But before they could talk the 18-year-old, driven there in his dad’s van, armed himself with the weapon and twice plunged it into the neck of Daniel Huntley.
The victim, also 18, was rushed to hospital but luckily suffered no lasting physical damage, Swindon Crown Court was told.
Claire Marlow, prosecuting, said Painter had been involved in a long running dispute on social media with Aaron Huntley.
In the days before the incident she said there had been a ‘ratcheting up of rhetoric on Facebook’ by the brothers and the defendant.
It had been agreed that they would meet up in the car park on the afternoon of May 29.
“The brothers were in the car of a friend and Mr Painter was taken there in the car of his father, Darren Brown,” she said.
She said Mr Brown told police how he drove around until he saw the vehicle the brothers were in and stopped to speak through an open window to its driver.
But as he spoke he was aware of his son and the Huntley brothers getting out of the cars.
“He described Daniel as looking relaxed in body language. He did not seem to be looking for a fight,” she said.
Mr Brown told officers: ‘I saw Brady punch Daniel to the head and neck. As the second punch was being thrown by Brady I could see he had something in his hand.
‘It had a blue and yellow handle. I realised it was a chisel. When I realised what was going on I felt sick to the stomach as I was witnessing my son stab someone.’ The court was told the victim is expected to make a full recovery but still has psychological scars.
Painter, of High Street, Purton, pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
Rob Ross, defending, said there was a history between the victim and his client and an element of provocation.
Minutes before the incident Painter had received a Facebook message from Aaron saying ‘Your life will be s*** when I stick a knife in you’.
Mr Ross said: “This is not someone with a thug background who likes hitting people. This is clearly a young man who doesn’t have any taste for violence.
“He is the victim of bullying, who allowed himself through bravado to get himself involved in Facebook into a ménage of stupid threats.
“It gets to the point where someone makes a serious threat like: ‘I am going to shove a knife in you’. That is what one of the Huntleys did in that Facebook page.
“Then he finds himself doing something he didn’t want to do: using violence. It is clear violence upsets him. He strikes as someone of a fairly timid nature.”
He added that his father had taken him to the meeting knowing there was bad blood.
“His father could have said ‘We’re going’. In fact his father drove him to where the Huntleys were parked. It is not the behaviour of a responsible parent.”
Jailing him, Judge Douglas Field said: “I accept that you are now remorseful. I note your young age and that you have never been in trouble before.
“But this was a very serious incident. That chisel was potentially a very dangerous weapon and you stabbed your victim in the neck twice.”