Seven years for crazed Honiton knifeman

A drink crazed knifeman who stabbed on of his victims in the chest and repeatedly stamped on, punched and kicked two others has been jailed for seven years

A drink crazed knifeman who stabbed on of his victims in the chest and repeatedly stamped on, punched and kicked two others has been jailed for seven yearsExeter Crown Court heard 23-year-old Adam Baverstock launched the attacks in Honiton and left his victims with serious injuries and fractures.Prosecutor Emily Pitts said in a drink-fuelled rage Baverstock went searching for someone he thought had killed his cats and eventually approached Jonathan Feasey, armed with two knives. He lashed out at his victim, who did not realise he had been stabbed until he saw blood coming through his clothing. At the time Baverstock was armed with an 18 inch pirate knife and another knife with a five inch blade. The knife wound was just below the rib cage and penetration was deep.Prior to that attack, Baverstock had smashed a bottle over the head of Eammon Goddard outside a pub in Honiton. The bottle exploded on impact and when Mr Goddard fell to the ground he was repeatedly kicked by the defendant. He sustained a fractured eye socket, cuts to his face and head and two black eyes.Mr Goddard had just left the pub where he had been taking part in a darts tournament and went to the aid of a friend who was already being attacked by Baverstock. He suffered a fractured kneecap and cuts above his right eye.The third victim had spent the evening out in Honiton and was walking home when he was approached by three men. One of them was Baverstock, who repeatedly punched and kicked Ian Drew who fell to the ground and was then stamped on.A young woman who witnessed that attack said all hell broke loose then she heard a sickening thud and it made her hair stand on end. She said she thought the victim was dead.Mr Drew sustained bruising all over his body, a swollen nose and cheek and a fractured ankle. He was in hospital for three days and spent eight weeks off work.When he was interviewed about that attack, Baverstock said he only punched him once.As far as the attacks on the two darts team players was concerned the defendant said he was not there but at home playing on his computer.Baverstock of Queen Street, Honiton, pleaded guilty to three charges of unlawful wounding and one of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.Passing sentence Judge Graham Cottle said Baverstock, who had previous convictions including an affray, possessing an offensive weapon and public order, was an extremely violent man who represented a danger to the public.In addition to the seven year term Baverstock was made the subject of a three year extended sentence which means if he breaches his parole or commits another offence he will automatically serve a further three years.


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