Knifeman facing ‘long’ jail sentence after jury finds him guilty of slash attack

Teesside Crown Court and combined court centre
Teesside Crown Court and combined court centre

A man is facing a long prison sentence after being found guilty of a violent knife attack.

John Weegram left John Carter with multiple injuries to his face, hands, and arms after launching the unprovoked attack when the two met on a path in Hartlepool.

Weegram later telephoned Mr Carter’s brother, Kevin, to boast of what he had done, and to tell Kevin Carter he would ‘get the same’ unless statements to police were withdrawn.

The 48-year-old, who is in a relationship with Mr Carter’s sister, was arrested soon afterwards, but declined to say where he was at the time of the attack.

In court, he said he was at home with his elderly mother at the time.

He said he had contacted John Carter because he had heard who had attacked him, and wanted to tell him about it.

Weegram, of Lowdale Lane, Hartlepool, denied wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm on October 17 last year.

He denied witness intimidation on October 20.

Ian Mullarkey, defending, suggested to John Carter the attack had been carried out by another family.

The jury convicted Weegram of both charges after deliberating for more than five hours. He was remanded in custody to be dealt with on a date to be fixed.

The panel was not told until the end of the case Weegram has a previous conviction for wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm in 2009, when he drove a Range Rover into a crowd of partygoers in a back lane in Blackhall Colliery.

Thanking the jury members for performing their public duty, Judge Sean Morris told them: “There are circumstances in which a jury can be told of a defendant’s previous convictions.

“I decided that was not appropriate in this case.

“Mr Weegram received six years for that offence.

“The sentence for this offence will be a prison sentence, and it will be a long one. I need a report on Mr Weegram to assess the danger he poses to members of the public, and to help me decide if this case calls for an extended sentence.”