Man given hospital order after pleading guilty to Trowbridge stabbing

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A man has been given a hospital order after pleading guilty to a stabbing in Trowbridge.

Stephen Alford, 40, of Berryfield Park, Melksham, appeared at Swindon Crown Court yesterday (1/4/19) and pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a bladed article in a public place.

The court passed a Hospital Order, under Section 41 of the Mental Health Act, meaning Alford will be detained at a secure unit indefinitely.

At around 2.25pm on Wednesday 9 May 2018, police were called to an incident in Trowbridge Park where a man had been stabbed with a knife.

There had been a scuffle between Alford and his victim, a man in his 30s, who was known to him, which culminated in the stabbing.

The victim was treated at the Royal United Hospital in Bath for an injury to his side, which was carried out with such force that the knife broke against his rib cage.

Det Con Aaron Rowe, from Melksham CID, said: "This was a nasty assault, which could have been significantly more serious - we were very lucky that the victim did not suffer more serious or even fatal injuries.

"It was made worse by the fact that the stabbing was carried out in the middle of the day next to a children's play area, and was a frightening incident for the families and other members of the public using the park at the time.

"I would like to stress that this was not a random assault. This involved two people who were known to each other and at no point was there any suggestion that other people in the park were at risk of harm.

"I am pleased with this hospital order as it will protect the public and allow Alford to get the treatment he needs."
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Siobhan Stayt (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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