Man jailed over stabbing in Poole

14 November 2017
A man has been jailed for six years and six months for stabbing another man in the back following an argument over money.

Matthew Clooney, 38 and of Chatsworth Road in Poole, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday, Monday 13 November 2017, after being convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent following a trial at the same court on Friday 13 October.

Clooney and his victim – a local man aged in his 50s – were known to each other.

The victim said that a week before the incident he believed Clooney had stolen £15 from his wallet and each time he saw Clooney he asked for his money back. 

On Sunday 11 December 2016 the victim also asked Clooney to return the radio he had lent him. At around 6pm that evening Clooney returned the radio but had cut off the plug. Throughout that evening the victim heard someone repeatedly knocking on his door but when he called out there was no answer.

At around 3am the following day the victim, who at the time also lived in Chatsworth Road, was woken by a knock on his door. He got up and walked to the bathroom but before he reached it he felt a pain in his back as if he had been punched.

The victim turned round and saw Matthew Clooney stood on the landing running up to his attic room bedsit. He reached to touch his back and realised he had been stabbed and the knife, later established to be a small vegetable knife, was still in his lower back.

He knocked on a neighbour’s door to raise the alarm and laid down on the floor while paramedics and the police attended. He told officers that it was Clooney who had stabbed him. Other witnesses at the scene confirmed this and Clooney was arrested.

The victim was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to his injury, which was not life-threatening. He sadly died from an unrelated matter prior to the trial.

Detective Constable Matt Bradley, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Matthew Clooney armed himself with a knife and attacked his victim following an argument over money. It was fortunate that his victim did not sustain more serious injuries.

“I hope the sentence handed out by the court will send out a very strong message that knife crimes such as this are taken very seriously and you will be brought to justice.”
 
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