Jealous Hitchin ex sent new man fleeing through Letchworth in boxers

PUBLISHED: 11:46 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 06 March 2018

St Albans Crown Court, where Justin Weeden's case was heard. Picture: Danny Loo

St Albans Crown Court, where Justin Weeden's case was heard. Picture: Danny Loo

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A man was forced to run through streets in just his boxers and socks after waking up to find a jealous ex-boyfriend standing over him with a kitchen knife.

A court heard the man had been asleep on a sofa with a girlfriend when her ex, 42-year-old barber Justin Weeden, came in.

On seeing his ex-partner and the man together, Weeden screamed: “What are you doing? Get the f*** out of the house.”

St Albans Crown Court was told the shocked man looked up from the sofa in horror and ran from the house in Letchworth’s Glebe Road in only the clothes he wore – boxer shorts and socks.

It was only when he got home that he realised he was bleeding on his back, and found a slash wound.

Weeden, of Spurrs Close in Hitchin, appeared in custody yesterday to plead guilty to wounding by inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Prosecutor Robert Forrest described the 42-year-old as being in a “jealous rage” on discovering the man and his ex together.

The court heard Weeden’s relationship with the woman had ended last summer, but that he remained a regular visitor to her home despite the break-up.

Last September he took a house key from the property without her permission – and then, late on the night of September 15, he paid another visit after she returned from a night out with friends.

Mr Forrest said the defendant made a nuisance of himself, and the police were called. After officers spoke to him and the woman, he left the property.

But later that night he returned for a second time, and on this occasion let himself in with the key.

The court heard that, unknown to Weeden, the woman had arranged for a new man in her life to stay with her that night – and when the 42-year-old came in, he was confronted by the sight of them asleep on the sofa.

The prosecutor said: “The victim was woken up and confronted by Weeden in this way. It must have been truly shocking.”

Mr Forrest said that as the victim fled he received a 6cm slashing wound from Weeden, which needed to be stitched up in hospital.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Bright told Weeden: “The other man didn’t expect to be woken by someone holding a knife over him. You picked up the kitchen knife and intended to frighten him.

“You have got to realise that a jealous rage is no excuse for the use of a knife on anyone.”

The judge added that the relationship with the woman was over, and that she was entitled to have a boyfriend.

He jailed Weeden for 14 months, ordering the time he has already spent in custody – 5½ months – to be taken into account.

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