Man stabbed love rival after being sent picture of him in bed with girlfriend

Liam Broadbent

Liam Broadbent

A man who was sent a photograph of his girlfriend in bed with another man has been jailed for more than eight years for stabbing his love rival in an arranged knife fight.

Liam Broadbent and others fought in full view of parents and children on the morning school run, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Dale Mathie

Dale Mathie

The court heard the victim suffered a lacerated spleen when he was stabbed during the incident.

He could have died from his injuries if he had not had emergency surgery, the court heard.

Prosecutor Tamara Pawson said a photograph of his girlfriend in bed with Sam Smith was sent to Broadbent’s mobile phone while the pair were at a house party.

“This enraged Broadbent,” added Ms Pawson. “There were a series of angry text messages between him and Mr Smith.

“During these exchanges, Broadbent invited the 18-year-old Mr Smith to meet him in Billingham to sort out their differences.”

Five men, including Broadbent, Smith, and Smith’s friend Dale Mathie gathered at Low Grange Avenue in Billingham for the fight.

Ms Pawson said: “There were numerous witnesses to what took place.

“Broadbent stabbed Mr Smith in the abdomen.

“He suffered a lacerated spleen and could have died without emergency surgery to remove the damaged organ.”

The court heard Mathie picked up the knife used to stab Mr Smith and used it to stab another participant in the fight.

Broadbent, 24, of Stanhope Road, Billingham, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on December 1, last year.

Mathie, 35, of Holburn Road, Stockton, deniend the same charge, but was convicted of the lesser charge of unlawful wounding after a trial.

Barristers for the pair said each was remorseful for their actions during the incident.

The judge, Recorder Rachel Harrison jailed Broadbent for eight years and four months.

Mathie was also jailed for two years and six monthsduring the hearing.

The recorder described the incident as serious.

She said: “Liam Broadbent, you wanted a fight and went through with it even though you knew a gang would be coming, and there would be a knife involved.

“Dale Mathie, there are people who are prepared to say good things about you.

“But this was a serious incident for which only immediate custody can be justified.”