A man has been sentenced to a year in a young offenders’ institute after stabbing a 19-year-old man in an Alton alley.

Samuel Jinks, 18, of Partridge Green, Alton, admitted causing actual bodily harm and possessing a knife at Winchester Crown Court on July 7.

He also received nine months for threatening someone with a knife, and a month for possessing a knife, both to run concurrently.

The court heard that on April 24 an argument between Jinks and the other man resulted in Jinks stabbing him in the abdomen in an alley between Partridge Green and Yellowhammers.

Jinks was arrested in the early hours of April 25. The victim was treated in hospital and made a full recovery.

After the sentencing, Det Con Peter Watson said: “This is an act of violence that could have had more severe consequences.

“Jinks was arrested very soon after committing this offence, and I hope this offers reassurance to the community that he has been brought to justice.

“Alton is a safe place to live and work, but we do not rest on our laurels and will work hard to detect and prevent such high harm offences.

“Knife crime is utterly unacceptable, and I am pleased with the result of the court hearing today.”