Man jailed for 10 years after Kirkby-in-Ashfield stabbing

Luke Donner, 25, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.
Luke Donner, 25, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

A man has been jailed for 10 years after stabbing another man in the abdomen.

The incident occurred on Beacon Drive, Kirkby, on July 26, 2018.

Luke Donner, 25, of no fixed address, was subsequently found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, after a week-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

DS Mark Shaw, who investigated the attack, said: “Donner was in possession of a knife and was in a state of mind where he was prepared to use it, when the victim intervened in an argument he was involved in."

Despite the victim refusing to pursue a complaint or give evidence at court, detectives pressed ahead with the investigation.

DS Shaw said: “Donner didn’t consider the potential consequences for that victim or himself.

"For personal reasons the victim didn’t want to pursue a prosecution, but the force deemed Donner’s actions to be serious, and there was enough evidence to continue to develop a case for court."

He added: “A jury heard the facts and deemed there to be enough proof to convict him and the judge has handed down a sentence which will see Donner off the streets for a number of years.

“This shows our determination to put violent offenders behind bars, even if a victim isn’t willing to cooperate with the investigation.”