Dog walker knifed multiple times after asking man to put his pet on a lead

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A dog walker was repeatedly knifed after he asked another man to put his pet on a lead.

Following the attack, John Michael Jones threw away his wounded victim’s phone so he could not call for help.

Jones, who was out with his girlfriend at the time, got in his car and fled the scene as other dog walkers rushed to help the victim, reports North Wales Live.

Prosecutor Matthew Dunford told Mold crown court that on May 8 John Lesley Dalzell, 44, was walking his two dogs on the rugby club playing fields in Rhos on Sea when Jones’ dog approached them.

Asked by Mr Dalzell if he could put his dog on a lead, Jones took off his shirt and began “making boxing movements in an aggressive manner”.

Mr Dunford said Jones swung two punches towards Mr Dalzell, before making contact after the third, which caused his victim to fall over.

He then picked up his metal dog lead from the floor and hit Mr Dalzell with it at least three times.

It was then his victim saw he had a knife.

The court heard Mr Dalzell was then slashed repeatedly by Jones.

The court heard a young woman who was walking her dog saw Jones pull what she thought was a piece of glass out of his pocket, before using it to slash Mr Dalzell.

She then saw Jones throw his victim’s phone away.

Hearing a man shouting for help from her home, Mr Dalzell’s wife ran to the scene, and found her husband beading and clutching his forearm.

“She described the blood pouring through his fingers,” Mr Dunford said.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with multiple lacerations to both forearms and his right hand.

The court heard Mr Dalzell underwent surgery the following day to repair a lacerated tendon, and required stitches for an eight centimetre wound and fractured his finger.

He had a further operation after doctors found a separate puncture wound had caused injury to the wall of a radial artery.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Dalzell said he woke up in shock every day since the incident.

The former rugby player added he no longer feels safe in the area and plans to move away once the pandemic has passed.

“The whole incident has left me not just fearing for my safety, but everyone else who lives in the area,” he said.

“When you hear about people being stabbed and attacked, you don’t expect it to be yourself – not when taking your dog for a walk.”

Following his arrest, Jones claimed he had acted in self-defence.

The 34-year-old, of Ffordd Cwstenin, Mochdre, Conwy, later admitted unlawful wounding, but denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mr Dunford said Jones has 29 previous court appearances for 54 offences, of which 16 involved violence.

The court heard in 2012, Jones was jailed for six years for assault and causing GBH with intent after a baseball bat and a knife were used to stab a victim in a joint attack.

In June of this year, he was also jailed for criminal damage, common assault and using threatening words.

Judge Niclas Parry described the track as a “inexplicable episode of violence”.

He gave him three years and four months in prison, with the licence period extended by 20 months.

Judge Parry said Jones would have to serve two-thirds of the sentence before being considered for release by the Parole Board.

“It’s clear from the injuries you slashed him repeatedly,” the judge said.

“You could have killed that man.”

Defence Counsel Simon Rogers said offence was not premeditated and was not aggravated by Jones being under the influence of drink or drugs.

He said the incident “escalated out of control very quickly” and that Jones’ best mitigation was his early guilty plea.

“Sadly, what started as a normal day for him, will now result in receiving a significant sentence of imprisonment,” he added.



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