Frenzied knife attacker to appeal against sentence

Jailed: knifeman Raymond Gardner

Jailed: knifeman Raymond Gardner

5
Have your say

A WIGAN man who was jailed for 10 years after launching a frenzied knife attack has won the right to appeal against his sentence.

Raymond David Gardner, 41, was caged in December last year after pleading guilty to wounding with intent at Liverpool Crown Court.

The victim was badly injured, with 14 separate injuries and needed surgery - thankfully he has recovered but he still bears scars of the attack, one on his face and one on his thigh

DC Rachel Forsythe

Gardner was given a custodial term of 10-and-a-half years, with another four years to serve on extended licence after his release. But he is now challenging his sentence and has won the first stage of his appeal when top judges said his complaints were “arguable”.

Gardner stabbed his victim in Kingsley Avenue, Goose Green, after a row between a group of men turned violent.

He also brandished a large kitchen knife at terrified neighbours who came out of their homes to investigate the cause of the disturbance.

However, Mr Justice Leggatt, Lady Justice Macur and Mr Justice Supperstone ordered a full hearing of Gardner’s case.

Gardner, of Haddon Road, is set to challenge the finding by the crown court judge that he is “dangerous”.

“We consider that there is a question which ought to be considered by the full court,” said Lord Justice Leggatt.

Gardner’s lawyers are expected to challenge the crown court finding that he is a significant risk to the public, a finding which results in a much harsher sentence.

No date was set for the full hearing of the appeal.

The attack in September 2013 left his victim with serious injuries.

At the time, police said two men were talking on Kingsley Avenue in Goose Green, Wigan, when one of them had an altercation with a man on a mountain bike which resulted in the man on the bike being punched.

The cyclist fled the scene but a short while later another man, Gardner, returned on the same bike and launched into a vicious attack, stabbing one of the men.

Residents heard the commotion and came out into the street before Gardner took out a large kitchen knife and began to wave it at them, before leaving on his bike – he was later arrested.

After his sentencing, DC Rachel Forsythe branded Gardner a “vicious” menace.

She added: “Gardner viciously attacked his victim with a kitchen knife on a quiet street and people were shocked by the level of violence they saw.

“The victim was badly injured, with 14 separate injuries and needed surgery - thankfully he has recovered but he still bears scars of the attack, one on his face and one on his thigh.

“This last year has been difficult for the victim and his family, coming to terms with what happened on that dreadful night. I hope now that they can bring an end to this chapter in their lives and continue to look forward to the future.”