"it certainly would not have justified the use of a knife"
Waqar Hussain, aged 43, of Bradford, was jailed for three years and 10 months after he stabbed a man during a confrontation at his ex-wife’s home.
Bradford Crown Court heard that on February 27, 2021, the victim had been invited to the woman’s home.
But shortly after, the man heard banging at the door.
There was shouting in Punjabi before he was attacked.
At the property, father-of-three Hussain picked up a large kitchen knife from a drawer and plunged it into the side of the victim’s body.
It was heard that the victim was in so much pain that he thought he was dying.
He did not need emergency surgery but the hospital consultant said the wound was potentially life-threatening without medical treatment.
In relation to the confrontation, Hussain pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
His former father-in-law, Mohammed Naseer, admitted throwing a glass at the victim which caused a cut to his head.
He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Hussain’s barrister, Jessica Heggie, said the attack was a spur of the moment. The knife had been picked up at the scene and not taken there.
Both men were of previous good character.
Hussain claimed his victim was a burglar but Judge Colin Burn said there was little evidence for that.
The judge said there was no doubt that Hussain had taken “violent exception” to a stranger going into his ex-wife’s house.
He said: “It is not really material what you thought that person was doing there and it certainly would not have justified the use of a knife on him.
“At the height of incident, I accept that you, Mr Hussain, took a knife from the kitchen drawer and plunged it, stuck it, into his torso.
“At the end of the incident, he was bleeding both from his head and from the stab injury to his body.”
Judge Burn went on to say that it was fortunate for both Hussain and the victim that he had effectively made a full recovery.
He told Hussain and Naseer:
“Both of you are men of previous good character who frankly ought to have known better.”
Hussain was jailed for three years and 10 months.
Mohammed Naseer, aged 59, of Shipley, was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
Both men received a five-year restraining order, banning them from contacting the victim.