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Jailbird stabs friend on first night of freedom

PUBLISHED: 13:56 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:43 16 August 2010

A MAN who attacked an old friend with a bottle just hours after his release from prison has returned to jail.

A MAN who attacked an old friend with a bottle just hours after his release from prison has returned to jail.

Gary Middleton, 51, asked to stay with his friend of eight years, David Mander, in his home in Charminster Road, Chislehurst, upon his release from prison.

But Croydon Crown Court heard last Wednesday that within hours of his arrival, alcohol got the better of him and he smashed a bottle over his host's head.

Middleton, of Swiftsden Way, Bromley, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding and was jailed for 27 months.

Prosecuting, Charles John Jules said Mr Mander had reluctantly agreed to his friend moving in after he was released from prison.

He added: "Everything was fine up to 10.15pm, when the defendant was asked to leave. Middleton struck Mr Mander, breaking a bottle over his head. Then he picked up a second bottle and hit him over the head again."

Mander grabbed him and tried to kick him out of the property but Middleton, still holding a piece of broken bottle, stabbed him in the leg with it.

John Sutherland, defending, said Middleton, who has several previous convictions, realised that drink was his downfall.

Judge John Tanzer told him: "I am concerned at the risk you present to other people. A psychiatric report says that your problems are entirely of your own making.

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