WHEN two friends argued in their room above a Chinese restaurant, one of them went to the kitchen and returned with a sharp knife and slashed the other man’s arm open.
The ‘unpleasant open wound’ was so deep that surgeons had to perform a four-hour operation to repair the damage to victim Sheng Cheng Bo’s arm, a judge has heard.
His attacker Zhong Wei Yu, 50, of High Street, Henley-in-Arden, was jailed for two years after he pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a charge of malicious wounding.
Prosecutor Kathryn Roughton said the two men had been friends for four years and shared a room over the Sans Chinese restaurant, where they both worked, in High Street.
Yu owed Mr Cheng some money, and there was still £150 outstanding which he was asked for at the beginning of the year – and he repaid it on January 2. But an argument then broke out between the two men which became more heated and developed into a fight in the room they shared.
Mr Cheng later said he could not remember which of them started it, but that they were punching each-other and a table and chairs were knocked over. The restaurant’s chef, who had the room next door, came in and separated them, telling them to grow up, and then returned to his own room.
Yu then left the room, went downstairs to the restaurant’s kitchen and returned with a sharp knife with which he slashed his room-mate to the upper arm and shoulder.
But Yu, whose plea of not guilty to a more serious charge of wounding with intent was accepted, said he had not intended to injure Mr Cheng, but only to scare him with it.
Matthew Barnes, defending, said: “I concede this is a custodial case.”