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Man jailed for five years after stabbing his neighbour in the chest during "petty" row over wheelie bins

Crime WorldBy Neil Fetherston
Lee Craig Richardson
Lee Craig Richardson

This is the man who has been jailed for five years after he stabbed his neighbour in the chest during a "petty" dispute over wheelie bins.

Lee Craig Richardson flew into a rage after being confronted when he kicked his neighbour's bins in anger outside his home in Whinney Banks, Middlesbrough.

The 41-year-old stabbed the victim, who has not been named, just below the heart causing him to suffer a punctured lung.

Richardson told police there had been a long-running feud between him and his neighbours over 'quite petty' issues and said he had initially kicked the bins because he was annoyed.

The victim was left needing a blood transfusion and could have died in the attack, Teesside Crown Court was told. He was forced to spend six days in hospital to recover.

Richardson admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault by beating and possession of a bladed article on Friday and was jailed for five years.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson told the court that there had been previous disputes between Richardson and his neighbours leading up to the attack on November 11 last year.

She said: 'There's been a great deal of animosity between the two parties, more recently in relation to wheelie bins.'

She told the court how Richardson was drunk when he came out of his home in the early hours and kicked his neighbours' bins.

He was confronted by the woman who lived next door to him and responded by kicking her in the shin, the court heard.

And when the man of the house came out, Richardson struck him once to the lower chest wall, the Evening Gazette reports.

The neighbour did not realise what had happened to him at first. He did not see a knife and punched Richardson to the floor before he went inside.

“As he got into his kitchen he became acutely aware of the fact that he had in fact been stabbed,” added Ms Atkinson.

The dad thought he was going to die from his knife wound as he was taken to hospital, where he stayed for six days.

The police found Richardson in his living room with a cut to his temple. He was persuaded to drop an eight-inch knife, and another five-inch blade was found in his pocket.

He told officers there had been “quite petty” issues between the neighbours and he kicked the bins because he was annoyed.

He said he could not remember exactly what happened.

Richardson, recently of, Grangetown, later admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, assault by beating and possession of a bladed article - his first offences for 13 years.

Robert Mochrie, defending, said: “There is no escaping the fact that this could have ended up being a murder charge.