KNIFEMAN Tefferson Page faces three years behind bars after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm by a jury at Swindon Crown Court this morning.
After three hours and 10 minutes in deliberation, the jury returned a majority verdict of 10 to two, as they addressed the intent Page, 25, showed in the early hours of August 17 last year, when he entered the home of Winston Booth in Westminster Road.
Recorder Shamim Qureshi said Page had arrived at Mr Booth’s home in order to retaliate, after the victim had shown up at Page’s girlfriend’s house with two drug dealers looking for money owed by the defendant.
He also said Page had taken a knife with him to Mr Booth’s address, and after being struck across the knees by the victim, retaliated and ended their fight with several blows from a knife to Mr Booth’s arm and torso.
In sentencing, Recorder Qureshi said: “You have a tendency to lose your temper and get into trouble.
“You were probably annoyed when you discovered the man had gone to your girlfriend’s house, but it takes a lot of time to go from that position where you were, then several hours later go to Mr Booth’s house.
“You can’t say it happened in the heat of the moment.
“In my view, a sentence above six years would be disproportionate for the facts of the case. Were it not for Mr Booth starting the fight, it may well have been you would not have come to blows in the house.”
Page, of Kirkstall Close in Toothill, was sentenced to six years in prison, to serve three before being released on licence. He was also ordered to pay an undisclosed victim surcharge.
As Page was led out of the dock, his mother, sat in the gallery, said: “I love you.”