A drunk who stabbed a man in the groin in St Albans was Monday 9th March jailed for six years and nine months.

The 24 year old launched an unprovoked and violent attack on an older man, which caused a 3 centimetre cut to the groin and another cut to the back of his head.

He also discharged CR gas, affecting several people, including a child, in the house in St Albans.

At a trial at St Albans crown court, the St Albans man was convicted of wounding the 42-year-old with intent. He was also found guilty of possessing CR gas (correct), affray at the house in St Albans and possessing a knife on 8 August last year. He returned to court today for sentence.

Alex Britton, defending, argued that his client should not be sentenced as a dangerous offender as he had acted out of character. He said the injury caused was slight.

Recorder Mark Dennis QC agreed with the defence submission, but told the defendant: “You worked yourself into a drunk and aggressive state and carried out an assault in a violent and unprovoked fashion.

“The actual cause of the upset is unknown but it probably involved jealously over your some time girlfriend. It had a lot to do with the alcohol you had consumed.

It is now time for you to wake up and make something of your life.”

The judge ordered that the gas and knife are forfeit.