“You were already spoiling for a fight"
Amr Raheem, aged 23, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, was jailed for 16 years for a knife attack in the street which left his victim with a life-threatening injury.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the incident happened on February 8, 2020, in Keighley town centre in broad daylight.
Raheem had been to the gym and was routinely carrying a flick knife which he claimed was for self-protection.
The victim, in his mid-20s, had been to Keighley Leisure Centre and was walking through the market to get some food.
He recognised Raheem from school and tapped him on the shoulder from behind. Raheem had headphones in and reacted badly to the shock.
Raheem verbally abused him then sneaked up and smashed a half-full water bottle into the man’s face.
The man did not react violently. Instead, he walked on.
Judge Richard Mansell QC told Raheem: “You were already spoiling for a fight because you put your hand in your jacket pocket where you kept your flick knife.
“You turned and offered your hand in an apparent gesture of apology, which he understandably refused.”
Judge Mansell said he was unconvinced that this was an actual apology but that Raheem was provoking him.
When the man punched him once from behind, Raheem flicked his knife open and held it behind his back. Raheem waited until the man started walking away before stabbing him twice in the side of the abdomen.
Raheem then followed him for nearly four minutes until he collapsed from blood loss.
The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary for surgery.
Raheem was convicted of wounding the victim with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
Judge Mansell said the knife attack, which was captured on CCTV, was repeated and sustained. He also said that Raheem had been found guilty on the clearest evidence.
He added that Raheem had carried and then used a “wicked knife” in the street when there were people around.
Raheem was already on a suspended prison sentence order from Bolton.
Raheem was jailed for 15 years with the 12-month suspended sentence activated consecutively in full.
The Telegraph and Argus reported that he was sentenced to two years for possession of a bladed article to run concurrently. He was jailed for a total of 16 years.