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Criminal jailed for slashing man's face with Stanley knife

Barry John Woolf Photo: ITV Border

A criminal who slashed a man's face with a Stanley knife has been jailed for seven years.

Barry John Woolf, 35, "sliced" the blade through Dennis Rigg's flesh, causing a wound which ran from just under his left sideburn and stopped just short of his mouth.

Carlisle Crown Court heard Mr Rigg had the wound glued and was left scarred by an attack which occurred in the communal area of a block of flats in Workington on July 19.

Woolf, whose life had been "blighted by drug addiction", was said to have injected plant food before the violence flared.

He had also punched his victim in the nose after injuring him with the knife.

That incident came just hours after he and his pregnant partner stole a mobile phone and cash from a male in Maryport.

Heavily-convicted Woolf, of Woodview Cottage, Broughton Moor, was sentenced today after admitting charges of wounding with intent, having a bladed article and theft.

Jailing Woolf, Recorder David Swinnerton said: "Anyone carrying a knife around, however long you had it with you, and using it to cause a serious wound can expect severe punishment."