Barepot stabbing: Adrian Fallows jailed for attack on girl
A man who stabbed a teenage girl three times after assaulting her friend has been sentenced to 11 years in jail.
Adrian Mark Fallows, 39, of Jodrell Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, knifed the 15-year-old in her chest, leaving her with a punctured lung.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how she and her 14-year-old friend fought to save each other from Fallows, who was drunk.
The attacks happened beside the River Derwent at Barepot, West Cumbria, in June.
Fallows was arrested nearby and initially denied the attacks but later pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and common assault in the face of forensic evidence.
Judge Peter Davies said he was "enormously impressed" by the girls' courage and directed they should be commended and rewarded.
Det Insp Neil Cooper said the "very brave" girls could have found themselves "a lot more seriously injured had it not been for their courageous actions".
"Fallows was heavily under the influence of alcohol when he carried out the unprovoked attack on the 14-year-old victim, whose friend he then stabbed as she tried to help her," he said.
"Even after this horrific attack, and knowing what Fallows was capable of, the girls stayed together to fight off the offender."