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‘Ridiculous’ drunk chess stabber knifed family friend three times during a game

A man dubbed in court as "dangerous" stabbed a friend during a game of chess.

Ian Lewis took a broken steak knife to family friend Louise Bailey three times who had only popped round to drop off his bluetooth speaker in June this year.

The pals decided to have some drinks over a game of chess at Lewis' Brighton home when he "spoke unkindly about her talents at that particular game."

Chess pieces scattered as the board was tipped over before Ms Bailey received wounds to her body, thigh and arm that all needed stitches at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, The Argus reports.

At Hove Crown Court the victim told how she only remembers being on the floor with Lewis trying to stab her.

Judge Shani Barnes found that Lewis was "dangerous" and posed a risk of stabbing other people given a previous jail sentence for knifing a friend in 2016.

Now he has been sent back to prison for three years, with an extended licence period of a further three years.

Richard Cherrill, prosecuting, told the court: "It was all going well for a time until it degenerated. There was a game of chess between the two, I don't think it was completed as the board was tipped over.

"According to Ms Bailey the defendant remonstrated with her and spoke unkindly about her talents at that particular game. She had drunk quite a lot and has no recollection of what happened.

The prosecutor said the attack was with a broken serrated steak knife. He added: "From what she has pieced together the thing she can remember is being on the ground with him stabbing her."

Sarah Thorne, defending, said Lewis has had a difficult life, at times being a rough sleeper and homeless and said it is clear her client has a drink problem.

Judge Shani Barnes said Lewis, of Lewes Road, Brighton, will have to "come to terms with the fact his anger is out of control".

She said: "It sounds so ridiculous that you would take a knife to a family friend who was clearly drunk and stabbed her. It was not just in a moment of madness, you stabber her three times.

"You are lucky it did not penetrate an artery or cause more serious harm."

Lewis admitted unlawful wounding and was considered a risk to public safety.

As a result, unlike usual prisoners who are released half way through serving their time behind bars, he will serve two thirds before a parole decision.

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