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Man who stabbed victim in face with Zulu spear jailed

Heath O'Brien
Heath O'Brien

A UK man who stabbed his victim in the face with a Zulu spear has been jailed for more than seven years.

Heath O'Brien, 49, thrust the weapon at the man - piercing his left cheek and breaking some of his teeth - during an incident at a flat in Bournemouth, Dorset.

The victim escaped and locked himself in the lounge of his flat. O'Brien followed and smashed a pane of glass in the door with the spear.

He then stabbed the spear through the hole and struck the victim, cutting his nose. A woman who was also in the flat locked herself in the bathroom and was uninjured.

The victim managed to grab the spear from O'Brien but he then threatened to get a knife and kill him and the woman.

Police arrived and arrested O'Brien. O'Brien told police he had had an argument with the victims over money and he had a history of depression and alcohol abuse.

O'Brien was jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court for seven years and seven months after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, two counts of threats to kill and two of criminal damage.

Dorset Police said the incident took place on the morning of October 30 last year as the victim went downstairs to go out and O'Brien charged towards the man with the spear, claiming he was going to kill him.

The previous evening the victim discovered an internal door had been smashed up with a sledgehammer. O'Brien was at the scene cleaning up and he apologised, claiming he heard voices in his head.

Detective Constable Roy Waters, of Bournemouth CID, said: "Heath O'Brien armed himself with a Zulu spear and caused serious injuries to his victim.

"I hope the sentence handed out to O'Brien reiterates that Dorset Police and the courts do not tolerate violent crime and offenders will be dealt with robustly."