Moreton Hall pub stabbing: Hari Farlie sentenced to eight years in jail after stabbing man outside Bury St Edmunds pub
A 24-year-old 'dangerous offender' has been jailed for eight years after he stabbed a man outside a Bury St Edmunds pub.
Hari Farlie, of no fixed address, was sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty at a previous hearing last month to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.
Police were called just after 11.35pm on October 25 to reports of a stabbing in the car park of the Moreton Hall pub in Lawson Place.
The court heard that a group of five men had approached the pub and asked another group who were drinking inside to come out to the car park.
Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said: "CCTV clearly shows a group of men congregating in an area for several minutes before the subsequent assault took place.
"One man can clearly be seen holding a baseball bat and the defendant [Farlie] is seen touching his pocket repeatedly before removing a knife and advancing several yards to where the victim was and straight away stabbing him."
Farlie was arrested in Haverhill on November 6.
The court was told that the victim, in his 20s, was stabbed between three and five times and sustained injuries to his neck, chest, abdomen and arms.
He was placed into an induced coma before he underwent nine hours of surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
He also had to have a vein grafted from his leg and put into his neck - a procedure which has caused him to lose sensation in his leg.
Judge Goodin said that the wound to his neck was a millimetre away from a carotid artery which, if cut, would have resulted in the victim's death.
"It was but for a millimetre or so that you were able to miss the artery," he said.
"It's lucky or he would have bled out there and then and you would have been here on a murder charge."
Describing Farlie as a 'dangerous offender' who posed 'a danger to the public', Judge Goodin added: "They are the most serious injuries and you used a knife to inflict them.
"You were present as part of a group and you weren't the only one armed but you were the only one to attack and use a knife to a devastating effect."
The court also heard that Farlie had attacked a fellow prisoner while in custody at Norwich Prison by pouring a kettle of boiling water over him.
Farlie then put the victim in a head lock and repeatedly hit him around the head with the kettle.
During the unprovoked attack, the victim sustained second degree burns, cuts and bruises.
Defending, Edward Renvoize said Farlie had 'real difficulties in controlling the flashes of aggression which he gets' and said he lacked maturity.
He added: "He understands and anticipates he will receive a very long sentence today and he accepts it is deserved."
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