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Pensioner bought knife to stab victim moments after altercation

Roy Lowe casually bought a knife from a nearby store, just moments after a heated exchange. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

A pensioner who stabbed a man using a knife he'd bought just minutes before has been jailed.

Roy Lowe had verbally abused a woman outside a pub before getting into an argument with a man who'd stuck up for her.

Lowe, who's 72, then walked away... but little did his victim know he'd gone to buy a knife.

Lowe, who's 72, chased his victim through the pub after stabbing him once in the abdomen. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Lowe was caught on CCTV casually buying the 4.5 inch blade from a nearby store.

He returned to the Dog and Partridge pub in Nottingham, armed with the £6 weapon, and stabbed the 38-year-old man in the abdomen.

The victim was chased through the pub by Lowe, before he was tackled to the ground by two brave members of the public.

Fortunately, the victim's injury was not life threatening, but officers are keen to emphasise it could have 'easily been much worse'.

Roy Lowe admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a calculated attack where Lowe has bought a knife with the sole intention of stabbing a man who he had an argument with.

"He had time between the altercation and the stabbing to cool off but instead bought the knife, unwrapped it from the packaging and went back and stabbed him.

"The victim's injuries were not life-threatening but it could have very easily been much worse. Just one stab wound can very easily be fatal."

Just one stab wound can very easily be fatal.

– Detective Sergeant Andy Buxton

Lowe, of Rona Court, Bulwell, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. He was jailed for eight years following the incident on 30 June.

Mr Buxton added: "Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime extremely seriously and there is no place for knives on our streets. There are no excuses. If you carry a knife we will put you before the courts and, like Lowe, you can expect to spend time behind bars."