Victims of Moat Bar stabbing are ‘disgusted’ by sentencing adjournment

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Victims of Moat Bar stabbing are ‘disgusted’ by sentencing adjournment thumbnailKurtis Mitchell. A judge has adjourned sentencing him for stabbing two people in the Moat Bar in Harryville until next May. GB46981 p9

THE victims of an "unprovoked attack" in the Moat Bar in October 2015 said they are "disgusted" that the man who stabbed them had his sentence adjourned.
Kurtis Mitchell (23), from Wakehurst Park and Joel Jamison (25), from Coleraine Road, Portstewart appeared at Antrim Court on Monday (November 7) to be sentenced on a number of charges relating to a stabbing incident in the Henry Street bar on October 10 last year. At an earlier arraignment hearing Mitchell pleaded guilty to two counts of wounding, common assault, possession of a knife and making threats to kill.
Jamison was convicted on a charge of common assault.
The court heard the pair went to the Moat Bar after taking a "cocktail of alcohol and drugs."
When they arrived Andrew Tafts and his wife, Sheree, were playing pool along with another man, Richard Bamber.
Mitchell and Jamison wanted to play pool and were told to wait for their turn but Jamsion headbutted Mr Bamber and the Tafts stepped in to try and stop the altercation.
Prosecution barrister, Tessa Kitson, told the court Mitchell then produced a knife and stabbed both Andrew Tafts and his wife.
Mr Tafts received a puncture wound on his buttocks and his wife suffered two wounds, with the worst being on her thigh.
The court was told the knife was never found and Mitchell has no recollection of ever having it on his person.
During the altercation Mitchell also made threats to kill the couple which they believed to be true.
When Mitchell was interviewed by police he admitted being in the Moat Bar and being involved in a fight but couldn't remember anything more.
The prosecution lawyer told the court the attack was "totally unprovoked."
Defence barrister for Mitchell, Michael Smith, said his client had an entirely clean record before this incident.
"Mr Mitchell has come from a hard-working family and is qualified in joinery.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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