A PENRYN chef found guilty of a bloody knife attack on another man has been jailed for eight years.
Paulo Veiga, 39, of Round Ring Gardens, stabbed David Waterhouse in the abdomen “in a jealous rage” because he was angry that his girlfriend was in Mr Waterhouse’s flat with two men.
Mr Waterhouse suffered a life-threatening injury in the attack and had to have emergency surgery to repair the damage caused by Veiga’s 3 ¾ inch kitchen knife, Truro Crown Court heard during his four-day trial.
Veiga had claimed that Mr Waterhouse was the aggressor in the incident which happened in the early hours of Saturday August 10, last year after Veiga had been invited to Mr Waterhouse’s home on Killigrew Street in Falmouth along with his girlfriend Sharon Cahill and another man, for drinks after a night out.
Veiga told the jury that he had been scared for his life and had used the knife, which he claimed to have found at Mr Waterhouse’s home, in self-defence.
On Thursday afternoon, after a short deliberation, the jury rejected his claims and found him guilty of wounding Mr Waterhouse with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
The court heard Veiga had a number of previous convictions including for possessing or obtaining a false identification document in 2006, for shoplifting and for possessing a knife in a public place in 2008.
Sentencing Veiga to eight years in prison, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “I am satisfied that you deliberately stabbed David Waterhouse whilst in a jealous rage prompted by your girlfriend being at the premises.
“The fact is that you had no need to be jealous but that did not deter you and when you stabbed Mr Waterhouse, you did so with a strong thrust of a sharp-pointed serrated knife into his abdomen.
“It had sufficient force as to break a rib and to go in between three and six inches.
“You perforated his stomach and I am satisfied that you caused him an acute life-threatening injury.”
As Veiga was being led down to the cells, he commented that he did not feel the sentence was justified and Judge Harvey Clark told him he was welcome to take his concerns to the Court of Appeal.