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Man jailed over Aldershot army barracks stabbing

David Ferguson in hospital Image copyright David Ferguson
Image caption David Ferguson was flown to a specialist hospital in London for surgery

A man who stabbed a soldier at an army barracks, leaving the snapped-off blade embedded in his neck, has been jailed for six years.

Cpl David Ferguson, 27, was attacked at Mons Barracks, Aldershot, at about 06:15 GMT on 12 November.

Aidan Warner, 20, pleaded guilty at Winchester Crown Court in August to one count of wounding with intent.

Warner, of Egret Gardens, Aldershot, will serve his sentence at a young offenders' institution.

Image copyright David Ferguson
Image caption Part of the blade snapped off in Cpl Ferguson's neck, such was the viciousness of the attack, the judge said

Simon Edwards, prosecuting, said Warner, a civilian, had met the soldiers in a pub watching an England v Scotland football match.

He said Warner had spent more than £100 that day on alcohol and had taken two lines of cocaine.

The defendant was invited back to the barracks where "some bickering" began.

Warner took a knife from a kitchen area and stabbed Cpl Ferguson, though neither of them could remember the reason why, the court heard.

The soldier suffered two "deep penetrating wounds" to the back and side of his neck, which were thought by paramedics to be life-threatening.

The severed blade had to removed by surgeons at St George's Hospital, London.

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Image caption Aidan Warner had spent more than £100 on alcohol and had taken two lines of cocaine

Judge Andrew Barnett said the "vicious assault" could have killed the soldier.

He told Warner: "Mr Ferguson has decided to leave the Army having become sufficiently traumatised by your actions.

"That is a considerable loss to someone who has been in the Army for a considerable period of time."

Image caption Mons Barracks is home to 1st Battalion Scots Guards

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