Boyfriend changed into a hoodie...then stabbed ex in back

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A THUG who stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the back on a night out has been jailed.

Michael Farrer, 24, attacked his 37-year-old victim as she walked past him in a bar on May 1 this year.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the complainant had gone out drinking with friends when they saw Farrer in the Funny Girls bar, Silver Street, Halifax, at around midnight.

It was there they saw Farrer for the first time. They reported that he seemed to be following them round town.

The group of women went on to Barbarella’s and again they saw Farrer, of no fixed adress, staring at his them.

Later, at around 5am, the women returned to Funny Girls and noticed Farrer again.

The court heard there was no contact at any point between the two parties. Farrer was seen leaving the bar but returned 15 minutes later having changed into a black hooded jumper.

He walked past his ex-girlfriend with his hood up and she felt a sharp, stinging pain in her back.

On closer inspection she found a wound to her back that the court heard may have been caused by a screwdriver.

She did not require hospital treatment but was left with extensive bruising around the wound.

Prosecutors said Farrer had picked up the weapon when he went home, which signalled his intent.

Recorder Michael Gargan said: “This was a wholly unprovoked attack using a weapon to injure a woman out enjoying herself at night.

“You deliberately intended to inflict pain and some injury.

“The injuries are modest but the culpability is great.”

Farrer’s only mitigation was that he was drunk but he did say he was sorry for the attack.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Farrer was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

He was also made subject of a restraining, meaning he cannot contact his victim directly or indirectly until 2014.

Recorder Gargan said: “This is not your first time before the courts.

“You have a bad history of violent offending and previous convictions appear not to have deterred you from committing further violence.”

Farrer was also sentenced for breaching his bail conditions imposed at an earlier hearing.

He had been banned from contacting the victim of the attack but on November 2 she reported receiving texts from him.

Farrer was at Calderdale Magistrates Court on November 3 when he admitted the breach, but said he had thought he was texting someone else.