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Flood jailed for knife attack

A man who launched a knife attack fuelled by “testosterone and jealousy” was jailed for two years yesterday at the Supreme Court.

Christopher Flood, 32, admitted stabbing Walter Pereira, who had visited his house to see his ten-year-old daughter and got into an argument with the child's mother, who was in a relationship with Flood.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves told the defendant: “After you stabbed him, you realised, ‘Oh, God, what have I done'.”

He added the victim had visited the house out of concern for his daughter.

Mr Justice Greaves said Mr Pereira's life had been put at risk and that the incident was the result of a “man's ego exceeding common sense and the ability to reason”. He added: “How would that child feel when she looked in your face and realised that you killed her father over a nonsense argument?

“Certainly she would feel that you have done her no favours — and how would your now wife feel?

“You might have taken the life of the father of her child.”

The defendant earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding.

But Flood told the court that he had lashed out at Pereira in self-defence.

The incident happened on August 1 last year after a confrontation with Mr Pereira outside Mr Flood's home on Beacon Hill Lane, Sandys.

Jaleesa Simons, for the prosecution, said Mr Pereira had stayed in his car on the main road during a heated exchange with his former lover, who was on the porch of the house with others.

The court heard Flood confronted him and produced a knife but put the weapon back in his pocket.

Ms Simons said that Mr Pereira feared Flood planned to damage his car and got out and argued with him.

The court heard that Mr Pereira made kicking motions at Flood, but did not make contact.

Ms Simons said Flood stabbed the victim in the arm and the right side of the chest.

She added Mr Pereira's lung collapsed from the deep chest wound and he needed life-saving surgery.

The court heard Flood called an ambulance and parked his victim's car in his drive before he fled the scene.

He turned himself in at Somerset Police Station the next day.

The court heard Mr Pereira suffered three wounds.

Ms Simons said Flood had made “a considered decision” to confront him rather than call the police.

She added: “All of this could have been avoided, but for the lack of control of the defendant.”

Ms Simons added that three children were present at the house and one had been an eyewitness to the attack.

Ms Simons highlighted the frequency of knife crime and asked for a sentence of two to three years.

She added: “As recently as August, there was a knife attack at Southampton Rangers — and this demonstrates that this type of conduct is plaguing the community of Bermuda.”

Flood apologised, but told Mr Justice Greaves: “I have to live with this every day of my life. It was nothing I wanted to happen.”

Flood admitted that he “could have done things differently” but that the incident happened because of “people bringing trouble to my doorstep”.

Mr Justice Greaves told Flood he had acted out of “testosterone and jealousy”. He said: “There is tremendous concern in society now, as there has been some escalation in the use of bladed articles to cause injury.

“It seems as though guns are going down. We were able to wrestle that problem to the ground. These bladed articles are coming up.”

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Tremendous concern: Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves (File photograph)

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Published September 26, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated September 26, 2018 at 7:45 am)

Flood jailed for knife attack

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