Man sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter of Gareth Hart
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A man who fatally stabbed a holidaymaker in Skegness and was found guilty of manslaughter has today (3 November) been sentenced to ten years in prison.
Gareth Hart, 43, from Barnsley, was on holiday with his family in Ingoldmells, near Skegness, when he became involved in a physical altercation with 33-year-old Joseph Malek which resulted in Mr Hart being stabbed.
Malek, of Market Place, Belper, Derbyshire, fatally stabbed Mr Hart outside of Fantasy Grill & Balti on 6 April.
Officers attended Sea Lane following a call from East Midlands Ambulance Service at 12.57am, reporting the altercation near Fantasy Grill & Balti.
At his two-week trial held at Lincoln Crown Court, Malek denied murder and possessing an offensive weapon.
During the trial, the jury heard from witnesses that an argument broke out between the victim and a woman outside of the takeaway, possibly over a dog or a child. At this point, Malek intervened.
The argument between the victim and Malek became physical, and during this altercation Mr Hart suffered four stab wounds, one of them was a fatal wound to his chest. A pen knife was used to inflict all four wounds. The weapon was located later in a puddle nearby.
After the incident Malek fled the scene back to Butlins where he was staying and then returned to Derbyshire where he lives. Malek handed himself in at Ripley Police Station later on the same day.
During his police interviews, Malek said that he had pulled a knife out in hope that Hart would back off from the fight. He claimed he did not recall stabbing him and any action that he took was in self-defence. The jury though found Malek guilty of manslaughter.
DCI Jennifer Lovatt, of East Midlands Special Operations Unit led the investigation. She said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Hart’s family. The death of Mr Hart has had a devastating impact on his family, I hope that today’s result will bring them some justice.”
“This was a random attack following an argument that got out of hand. The result of this case is a good indication of why nobody should carry a knife. When knives are carried and used, the degree of harm cannot be foreseen and in this case the Mr Hart lost his life. Tackling knife crime is one of the Lincolnshire Police’s top priorities because we know the devastating impact a knife can have, and we would call on anyone who thinks about carrying a weapon to take a minute and really consider what will happen to them and anyone they come into contact with if there is a blade between them.”
As well as the physical consequences of being stabbed or slashed, there are serious legal consequences which come hand in hand with carrying a knife:
You could face up to four years in prison, even if you do not use it.
You can get a criminal record just for carrying a knife.
Carrying an offensive weapon is a serious offence and carrying it for self-protection is not a defence.
It is also an offence to possess certain bladed and pointed items, even in private.
Mr Malek, who appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today (3 November) has been sentenced to 10 years in jail.