Weymouth man jailed for stabbing

A trespasser who stabbed a man in his home in Weymouth has been jailed for nine years.

Thomas Lee John Harmer, 24, of no fixed abode was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday, 8th January after admitting offences of wounding with intent, burglary, possessing a bladed article, making off without payment and breaching a restraining order.

In addition to his nine year jail sentence, Harmer is also subject to an extended licence period of a further five years.

Harmer's accomplice, Bethany Louise Timson, 21, of Kirtleton Avenue was sentenced in June of last year, pleading guilty to the offence of affray.

On December 8th, 2019, Harmer stole his fathers car and drove to the Chickerell area of Weymouth with his co-defendant, Timson.

At around 12:30pm, members of the public noticed that the pair were struggling to start the car and a man came out of his home to assist.

Harmer and Timson travelled back to the area at 5pm and broke into the home of the man who had helped them earlier on in the day.

Thomas Harmer (Picture: Dorset Police)

The defendant found the man's wife in the living room and demanded she handed over the keys to their car.

The man entered the living room and demanded that Harmer leave, before the defendant punched him in the face and repeatedly assaulted him.

The victim rose up from Harmer's flurry of violence, but realised that he was in possession of a small red knife, which he then used to stab the victim in the torso.

The man's wife raised the alarm with the next door neighbour, who immediately ran outside to restrain Harmer and disarm him of his bladed article.

The neighbour, David Foster, was awarded a commendation by the court for his brave and potentially life-saving act.

Harmer and Timson fled the scene after the altercation, but police arrested the defendant on the same night at an address in Chickerell.

Detective Constable Mark Walsh, of Weymouth CID, said: “Thomas Harmer launched a violent attack on a man in his own home and stabbed him with a knife. It is extremely fortunate that the victim did not suffer more serious injuries as a result.

“Harmer also committed a number of other offences on Sunday 8 December 2019 and I am pleased that through a rapid response by officers we were able to quickly identify and locate the defendant so he could face justice for his actions.”

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