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Man pleads guilty to New Years Eve stabbing

A man from Melton has pleaded guilty to stabbing his neighbour in the street during a New Year’s Eve celebration.

Yesterday at Leicester Crown Court, Romil Vanderbeek admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He pleaded guilty to the offence on the first day of a trial for attempted murder.

The incident occurred after an argument broke out at a gathering at a house in South Street, Asfordby Hill, during the evening of Saturday 31 December.

As the argument spilled into the street, the 32-year-old of South Street, Asfordby Hill, stabbed a 27-year-old man multiple times.

Police in Asfordby Hill on New Years Day, the morning after the incident. Photo: NEMM

Police were called to the area just before 9.30pm and when officers arrived Vanderbeek had left the scene. He was located and arrested a short time later.

The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries to his spleen, diaphragm and one of his lungs. He was discharged from hospital after receiving treatment.

Detective Constable Lucy Rossa, investigating officer, said: “What started out as an argument between two people ended up with one man sustaining serious and significant injuries and another now facing time in prison.

“This case shows that violence is not the answer for resolving disagreements and using a knife to threaten or injure another person has huge consequences for all of those involved.”

Vanderbeek is due to be sentenced on Thursday 24 August.

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