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Dad SLASHED man then turned on young mum

PUBLISHED: 10:52 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:36 23 August 2010

LESS WALLIS: Jailed.

LESS WALLIS: Jailed.

A JEALOUS father who savagely knifed a man and attacked the mother of his four-year-old son has been jailed. Lee Wallis, 27, of Livingstone Road, Gravesend, was sentenced to four years at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday after admitting grievous bodily ha

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A JEALOUS father who savagely knifed a man and attacked the mother of his four-year-old son has been jailed.

Lee Wallis, 27, of Livingstone Road, Gravesend, was sentenced to four years at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm.

During the sickening attack, in which he used two knives, Wallis slashed Patrick Devenney's face, then his head, about 15 times in a chopping motion. He also attacked his ex-girlfriend Miss Morris.

Yesterday his victim, who has been left with severe scarring after having his head glued together, said: "I was hoping the sentence would be something like 10 years, because he was out to do more harm than he did. What he did deserved more than four years."

Passing sentence, Judge Griffith-Jones, told Wallis: "These are inexcusable offences and you were intent on violence.

"You took steps to arm yourself with not one but two knives and then proceeded to deploy a violent attack on Mr Devenney.

"You are fortunate in the extreme that the injuries sustained, serious as they were, were not more severe.

"This was a horrific incident and then you turned your violent attention in the most cowardly way to your ex-partner."

Wallis previously pleaded guilty to the offences when he appeared at the same court on March 2.

The court heard that in the early hours of September 20 last year, he returned intoxicated, to the house of his ex-girlfriend where he had previously lived.

Jealous and believing she was seeing another man, Mr Devenney, he took two knives from the kitchen at the property in Medhurst Gardens, Gravesend and went to the front room to carry out the attack.

His victim fled the house bleeding, before Wallis then turned on his ex-girlfriend, kicking her twice in the throat and grabbing her by the throat before she could escape. The couple had been in a turbulent relationship for about five years and had a four-year-old son together.

He also turned on a PC who had arrived and spat at him, telling him he had Hepatitis C.

Leading the case, DC David Liebscher, said: "This case was helped enormously by forensic evidence and the support of the witness present at the attack.

"The officers who arrived at the scene had the insight to seize clothes, rings worn by the offender and took swabs of everyone at the scene too - more than is usually required.

"They made the decision to gather as much evidence as they could, enabling DNA profiling and forensics to help convict Wallis.

"The sentence reflects the severity of the crime and I would hope it reassures the public that someone capable of this level of violence will be locked up."

A charge of assault on a police officer remains on file. Wallis has already served 196 days on remand.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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