Man with 109 previous convictions jailed for threatening to gouge out a victim’s eye

Police are appealing for witnesses
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A thug known as “Nightmare” who has 109 previous convictions broke into a love rival’s bedroom and threatened to cut his eye out, is today starting a prison sentence.

Shaven-headed Kristian Smith, 40, has today been jailed for three years.

Aylesbury Crown Court heard how his victim Daniel Kingwell awoke to the horrifying sight of Smith straddling him holding a knife and threatening to gouge out his eye.

It was a revenge attack after Mr Kingwell starting a relationship with Smith’s partner.

 Smith cut his victim’s face with the knife and rained down a series of punches to the head, a court was told.

 He then told Mr Kingwell not to “grass him” to the police - otherwise other members of his family would be put in danger and next time he saw him he would stab him in the stomach rather than the eye.

  Smith admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for three years for the violent attack. He was also made the subject of an order not to be within 10 metres of his victim - even though they live in the same block of flats in Caraway Close, Walnut Tree.

 Smith broke into 36-year-old Mr Kingwell’s flat at around 7am on April 1 and went into the bedroom, where his victim was still asleep.

 Lisa Bald, prosecuting, told the court: “Mr Kingwell was awoken by a man who came into his room and started punching him in the head. He tried to get free and pushed the chest of the man who was on top, but couldn’t get him off.

 “The defendant has put a blade up towards his right eye and shouted ‘I’m going to take your eye out - tell me the truth’.

 Mr Kingwell - who did not know the defendant by his real name and knew him only by his ‘street’ name of Nightmare - did report him to the police however and Smith was arrested “almost immediately,” said Miss Bald. 

Mark Sookram defending, said: “This offence of violence is quite out of character for him. Mr Smith instructs me he’s not violent per se; he doesn’t like to get involved in violence, but having found out the victim had relations with his girlfriend, he’s lost it.”

 Mr Sookram said that although 40-year-old Smith has more than 100 previous convictions, none of them are for offences of violence and many were borne out of his drug habit.

 Smith, who scowled through much of the hearing as he listened to the proceedings via a video link from prison, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to the charge.

 Judge Francis Sheridan said: “This is, without a shadow of a doubt, a serious case....This defendant has got a horrendous record of 109 previous convictions.”