Faces of Mansfield couple who stabbed man seven times

Police have released images of a couple who have been jailed after stabbing a man seven times. John Lambert, 41, and Raella Parkinson, 42, both violently set upon their victim at a bus stop near Jubilee Way South, Mansfield on July 28, after he asked them for money that he believed he was owed.

The man initially thought he was being repeatedly punched as the pair surrounded him and didn’t realise until after the assault that he been stabbed. In total, Lambert and Parkinson stabbed the man seven times in the abdomen, back and leg before fleeing the scene as he was on the ground.

After calling for help, the 40-year-old victim was then taken to a nearby house, where his friends realised that he had been stabbed multiple times and began administering some initial first aid.

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He was then rushed to hospital, where he spent a week being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. On November 26, both Lambert and Parkinson were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Neither entered a plea or gave evidence at the trial. Lambert and Parkinson, both of Mappleton Drive, Mansfield, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (April 12).

Lambert was jailed for eight years, while Parkinson was handed a prison sentence of five years and six months. Detective Constable Greg Evans, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Lambert and Parkinson worked together to carry out a frenzied attack that left a man in hospital with seven stab wounds.

“It is only down to sheer luck that the victim wasn’t left with life-threatening injuries following this violent assault. I’d like to praise those people who came to the man’s aid following the attack and began administering treatment before paramedics could arrive.

“By comparison, the actions of Lambert and Parkinson that night were absolutely appalling and there is absolutely no place for this type of behaviour in our society. We hope that the sentences handed out to them will serve as a strong warning to everyone that we will never tolerate incidents of knife crime and will always do whatever it takes to bring offenders to justice.

“As a force, we have two dedicated knife crime teams who proactively target knife carriers and who are working constantly to reduce violence and prevent incidents from happening in the first place. We are absolutely committed to protecting the public and making our communities as safe as possible by taking dangerous individuals and weapons off our streets.”