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Men sentenced after nightclub stabbing
Tuesday 5th February, 2008

Men sentenced after nightclub stabbing

Three men have been sentenced for their parts in a large brawl outside a Wigan nightclub that left a man fighting for his life.

Twenty- one- year- old Mark White was hospitalised for months after Jason Danson (born 20/04/71) of Collingburn Avenue in Ordsall stabbed him in his leg during the brawl, severing his femoral artery.

Five other men were injured in the fight outside Liquid Nightclub on King Street, which happened in the early hours of Thursday 15 February 2007.

Today, Tuesday 5 February 2008, Danson was jailed for six-and-a-half years after he had earlier pleaded guilty to section 18 assault.

His associates James Anthony Instone (born 29/07/82) of Clayhill Walk in Blackley and John Edward Ahmed (born 14/07/73) of no fixed address, were sentenced to 21 months for their part in this incident. Instone was also sentenced to four-and-a-half years for an unrelated drugs offence to run consecutively with his sentence of 21 months. Ahmed was sentenced to nine months for affray following an unrelated incident, again to run consecutively with his 21month sentence. Both had earlier pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

Mark White had been to the bar inside Liquid at around 1.45am that morning when he accidentally bumped into a girl.

Immediately, a man the girl was with started being aggressive with Mark, threatening and pushing him. When Mark was knocked to the floor two of his friends tried to intervene.

They grabbed the man attacking Mark, but both then felt a sharp pain in their buttocks. They had been stabbed.

Security staff in the club were alerted to the fight, and three doormen tried to eject the man who had been fighting Mark and his friends.

However, a large group of people who were with the offender then attacked the doormen. In the ensuing scuffle the three members of door staff sustained 12 stab wounds between them, all to their upper legs and buttocks.

Mark White had left the club with his injured friend to call an ambulance.

When outside another fight broke out between Mark and the group of offenders. This vicious attack was captured on CCTV. It shows Danson repeatedly stabbing Mark, and Ahmed hitting him over the head with a bottle.

All the offenders are then seen running away from the scene.

Minutes later the CCTV footage shows Mark lying on the floor bleeding badly. He was taken to hospital in a life-threatening condition. He remained in hospital for several weeks.

Officers quickly identified those responsible for this attack from the CCTV and an investigation into their whereabouts was launched.

Ahmed was arrested and charged with section 18 assault after being produced from prison a month after the attack.

A wanted appeal circulating pictures of Danson and Instone was released in May. Inquiries continued, and Instone was arrested in Nottingham in June and transported back to Wigan to face section 18 assault charges.

Danson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Salford in August and was later charged with Section 18 assault.

Detective Sergeant Mark Burgess said: "This was a brutal assault where the victims were repeatedly stabbed. The CCTV shows just how vicious it was. Mark White very nearly died, and has had to undergo weeks of treatment to repair his wounds.

" I am satisfied with today's sentence and feel it reflects the serious nature of what went on. Carrying knives is something we find completely unacceptable. Since this incident metal detectors have been installed in a number of bars around King Street, and we have been working closely with local security staff to bring down the violence in the area."

The victim, Mark White, said: "My life has been greatly affected by this attack. I was in hospital for a number of weeks and had to have several operations, the first of which undoubtedly saved my life.

"I will have to have ongoing physiotherapy on my right leg, and still can't walk long distances without feeling pain. I have occasional flashbacks and nightmares about the incident, and sometimes find it hard to sleep because of the pain in my legs."



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