Man jailed for six years after stabbing friend and saying “I’ll lick the blood off the knife”
Tuesday 28th August 2018 @ 17:39 by Lee Wild
Droylsden News

A crazed man who stabbed his friend and randomly attacked members of the public has been jailed for six years.

20-year-old Liam Winstanley of Sutton Drive, Droylsden, was sentenced today (Tuesday 28 August) after pleading guilty to section 18 assault. In addition to being jailed for 6 years, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison which will run concurrently after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a knife following a large scale disorder in Droylsden in December 2017.

Medlock Sports Centre

The assault occurred on 11 March this year when Winstanley was one of three passengers in a friends car being driven to Saxon Hill, closed to Medlock Sports Centre in Droylsden. After exiting the vehicle, Winstanley pulled out a knife and asked the driver “who do you think you’re setting up?” Before stabbing him in his right bicep and the chest. He set upon the driver again, aiming a strike at his face but the victim managed to deflect the blow, suffering a severed artery in his forearm which required surgery. He managed to grab Winstanley’s knife hand, who ran off and said: “I’ll lick the blood off the knife.”

In a separate incident, police were called to reports of a large scale disturbance at an 18th birthday party taking place at Droylsden Catholic Club, Sunnyside Road on Friday 15 December 2017. CCTV shows Winstanley arriving arriving up the venue before trying to start fights with various people in the car park of the club. After fighting with one man he pulled out a knife and lunged at him, but dropped the weapon. He then proceeded to a nearby bus stop where he began to randomly throw punches at people. The fighting spilled into the road where he began banging on the bonnet of a stopped vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Joseph Harrop of GMP’s Tameside Division said: “Winstanley is clearly an unpredictable and dangerous individual. 

Droylsden Catholic Club

“His behaviour was erratic, paranoid and – quite frankly – bizarre. 

“Without any prior warning, he viciously attacked his friend. 

“The victim’s strength and bravery in defending himself quite possibly saved his life, but left him with a very nasty injury that has required extensive treatment. 

“During the separate incident outside the club, Winstanley seemed frenzied, and intent on hurting anyone he could find – including innocent members of the public. 

“We are glad he’s now in prison – where he belongs.”