Man, 41, guilty of stab attack

A THUG has been convicted of stabbing a man in a street fight after smashing a family’s front window.

Anthony Turner attacked Michael Stephenson in West View, Hartlepool, hours after smashing the living room window of Mr Stephenson’s home with a shovel.

Turner, 41, and pal Vincent Johnson, 43, went to Donna McLeod’s house in Skelton Street and shouted abuse at the occupants.

Turner then walked up the garden path and smashed the front window.

Miss McLeod’s partner Mr Stephenson and her brother Andrew arranged to meet Johnson and Turner at nearby Brus Corner to talk about what they had done.

But they were attacked by Turner and Johnson and Mr Stephenson was stabbed twice in his back.

Turner denied being responsible for both offences but was yesterday found guilty of wounding with intent and affray after a three-day trial.

The trial at Teesside Crown Court heard that Mr Stephenson was lucky he was not struck in a major artery.

CCTV showed two men in the area wielding sticks shortly before the attack on Friday, October 29 last year.

Johnson and Turner were arrested the following morning at Johnson’s partner’s house.

The motive for the attack on the house remains a mystery.

Johnson, of Marshall Close, Hartlepool, earlier pleaded guilty to affray and a public order offence.

Turner, of Ridlington Way, Hartlepool, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.