Man's throat slashed in love feud row

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 January 2011

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A MAN is 'lucky to be alive' after having his throat slashed down to the vocal cords with a knife during an alleged brawl with a neighbour.

Ambulance crews rushed to find James Hobbs losing blood heavily from the neck as he lay sprawled outside his home following the incident at 5.30pm on Saturday.

The 37-year-old, in a critical condition and unable to talk, was rushed to Weston General Hospital where he was later stabilised, but this week remained seriously injured.

At Sedgemoor Magistrates Court in Bridgwater on Tuesday, Jamie Edney faced a charge of maliciously wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Edney, aged 34, allegedly cut Mr Hobbs’ throat in response to an accusation that he was having an affair with Mr Hobbs’ girlfriend.

It was said Mr Hobbs’ responded by punching a couple of times before falling to the floor in the block of flats where the two men live.

Dressed in a tracksuit top, Edney spoke only in court to confirm his name and address.

His solicitor said he denied the charge and does not know how Mr Hobbs’ throat was cut during the ‘fight’.

Prosecuting, Donna Newton-Smith, said: “Mr Hobbs received a cut to the throat and is in a stable state, but he was previously critical and is very lucky to be alive according to medical opinion.

“Ambulance crews attending found Mr Hobbs with a deep cut form one side of neck to other and bleeding heavily, he had lost a lot of blood.”

She said Hobbs had been out with his cousin to buy food before returning to his flat in Charlotte Court in Highbridge when he was attacked.

Police were called to the address after reports a man had suffered a knife-cut to the throat.

On Sunday, Mr Hobbs was moved to Southmead Hospital in Bristol to receive further treatment to his injuries, although his condition is now stable.

This week police have sealed off Hobbs’ home while a detailed examination has been carried out.

Edney has been remanded in custody for a further hearing at Taunton Crown Court on January 28.

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