Folkestone thug Mark Young jailed for stabbing lodger with carving knife in row
by Dan Bloom
A drug-deprived thug has been handed eight years' jail
after he stabbed an unwanted lodger with a carving knife, leaving
him for dead.
Rex Rioch lost six pints of blood and staggered to a kebab shop
for help after a frenzied attack in Mark Young's Folkestone
Mr Rioch was staying on the sofa of 31-year-old Young's flat, in
Missenden Court, Clarence Street, before the stabbing in May.
Canterbury Crown Court heard Young was volatile because he could
not get his usual supply of amphetamines.
The arguments grew more heated until the evening of May 24, when
came home drunk and saw Mr Rioch playing video games with a fellow
He demanded the guest leave his flat and, when he refused, Young
his computer and phone on the floor.
Denzil Pugh, prosecuting, said: "He then went into the kitchen,
picked up a carving knife, came out and slashed Mr Rioch across the
"You pose a substantial risk of harm to the public…” – Judge Adele Williams
"Still in the doorway, Mr Young stabbed him twice in the
abdomen. Mr Rioch, clutching his sides, ran out of the flat in the
direction of a kebab shop.
"He was running and initially Mr Young was following him,
"Mr Rioch, bleeding heavily, got to the kebab shop where staff
assisted him and an ambulance was called."
The grey-faced victim underwent surgery in which six litres of
blood were found in his bowel, the court heard.
Mr Pugh added: "He was near to being killed by the attack."
When police arrested Young, he claimed he had been on the beach
for four hours.
The court heard he gave no comment in interviews and denied the
attack throughout a trial, which found him guilty of causing
harm with intent.
Mark Young was jailed at
Maidstone Crown Court
Shaven-headed Young was handed an extended 10-year sentence,
eight years' jail, after Judge Adele Williams deemed him a danger
She said: "By reason of the nature of this offence, and your
abuse in the past and your fragile emotional state, I have
you pose a substantial risk of harm to the public."
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