Man stabbed former colleague for eating his sausage roll in 5-year feud
A heated sausage roll spat lasting five years ended in a man stabbing his former colleague and slashing his face.
Matthew Evans, 36, first fell out with his eventual victim five years ago after he accused his workmate at the time of scoffing his sausage roll.
The feud fizzled out until 2020 when the pair bumped into each other for the first time in ages at which point once again Evans brought up his pork snack suspicions.
Prosecutor James Onalaja told Luton Crown Court on Thursday how a brawl broke out but in swinging a hammer at his victim, Evans accidentally whacked his own girlfriend, HertsLive reports.
Onalaja said the bruised victim managed to grab the hammer off Evans and hit him in the head before running off without ever reporting the scuffle to the police.
A few weeks later, on the morning of January 5, 2021, the victim was at a friend's house in Hemel Hempstead when he heard someone entering the door.
He went to see who it was and was greeted by Evans of Sheldon Way in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, who in a calm, soft voice said: "Remember me, you c***?"
Evans then proceeded to attack the victim, hitting him to the face and chest before stabbing him in the abdomen and cutting his face with a knife.
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Mr Onalaja described what occurred next as "bizarre antics". Evans, covered in blood, began knocking on stranger's doors asking to be given a lift away from the area.
After being turned away by the first house, he pushed his way into the second house and told the woman who lived there he had just stabbed someone down the road.
He told her he had done it in retaliation as the person attacked him and his girlfriend, the court heard. He also told the woman he had wrapped the knife in tape, in an attempt to make sure it didn't go too deep.
Evans demanded a change of clothes and a cab before leaving the terrified woman's home.
The victim was taken to hospital with a wound to the right side of his chest and a laceration near his right eye.
A victim statement was read aloud in court where he described the impact the incident had on his mental and physical health.
He said: "Immediately after the stabbing I had to make up stories to my children about why I had stitches in my face and why I kept breaking down.
"Wherever I am I'm constantly checking doors are locked. I've heard rumours that because I'm supporting the case there's a price on my head.
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"When I go to my friend's house there are still bloodstains on the carpet. It's a constant reminder."
In mitigation, defence counsel Scott Brady said Evans went to the house as a long-term friend lived there, and he had not known the victim would be there.
Mr Brady said Evans had been carrying the knife for his own defence as a result of the altercation a few weeks prior.
Evans suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his military service and had related substance abuse issues. During the incident, he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine.
He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in public.
Declaring that for such a serious crime he must issue a custodial sentence, the judge sentenced Evans to four years and 10 months.
Evans will be released no later than halfway through the sentence, with the remainder spent on licence.
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