The knifeman responsible for stabbing a University of York student in June in an unprovoked attack has been given a six year prison sentence.
Andrew David Linsdell, a 22-year-old who lived locally, pleaded guilty to charges of carrying a knife and wounding with intent, at his trial at York Crown Court. He was also found to have been drunk and high on mephodrone at the time of the attack.
The attack occurred on Lawrence Street, as the student was walking home from Gallery nightclub with a friend in the early hours of the 25 June. The court heard how they encountered a drunken Linsdell, who pulled a knife on the “wholly unarmed and innocent” students, with a blade between five and eight inches. The student who was attacked then described how he felt an “aching pain” on his left side.
Though he suffered a wound five inches deep, none of his vital organs were damaged, and after exploratory surgery, was discharged from York Hospital within 48 hours.
Linsdell, who was arrested in Malton two days after the attack, was previously convicted of stealing £2,500 cash, and had served a 16 month prison sentence. However, only days after his release, he stabbed the student in an unprovoked attack.
Judge Stephen Ashurst told Linsdell at the trail: “This offending is escalating. Things are getting worse. What you did was deeply shocking for this victim and his friend and a disturbing event for the public. The worrying aspect of this is the speed with which you produced that knife.”
Speaking on behalf on Linsdell, Nicholas Barker explained how the defendant had been riled up after an argument with his girlfriend that night, and was only carrying the knife as part of his fishing equipment.
However, he continued: “The reasons as to why these offences occurred are deeply confused and shrouded. There is no rational or logical reason as to why this defendant committed this serious act on this night.”