Over a decade behind bars for Doncaster man who severed woman’s finger as she tried to protect his ex-partner

A Doncaster man who severed a woman’s finger with a large butchers knife as she tried to protect his ex-partner is now serving over a decade behind bars.

Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 17:37 pm
Updated Tuesday, 23rd April 2019, 17:39 pm
Karn Errington has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for a knife attack

Karn Errington, 24, launched at his ex-partner with a butchers knife after shouting that he was going to ‘chop her up’.

Another woman intervened in the attack, and Errington severed one of her fingers.

He was jailed for 16 years, during a hearing held at Sheffield Crown Court last week, after he pleaded guilty to offences of wounding and attempted wounding. 

Detective Constable Beverley Jennings, the officer who led the case, said: “Errington and the 43-year-old woman became involved in an argument about money while at a flat in St James Street, Doncaster, with Errington making substantial threats to her. He shouted that he was going to ‘chop her up’ before going to another room to get the butchers knife, returning and launching at her with it. 

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“It was at this point that the 22-year-old sitting next to her intervened, which resulted in Errington severing one of her fingers with the weapon. 

“He then fled the area but was quickly arrested by officers who found another knife in a bag he was carrying.”

DC Jennings added: “Had the 22-year-old woman not intervened, the injuries to the other victim would’ve no doubt been substantial and even potentially life-threatening. 

“The injuries she sustained as a result of trying to protect the other woman, were in fact life-changing and resulted in surgery. 

“Errington subjected them to a terrifying ordeal and I’m pleased that he entered guilty pleas so that his victims did not have to endure a trial.

“I hope that the sentence he has been given and knowing he is now behind bars goes some way towards helping them move on from what happened.”