A Gainsborough man has been given a suspended jail sentence after stabbing another man during a confrontation in the early hours of the morning.
Stuart McGhie armed himself with a kitchen knife after being told a group of men were making threats outside his home. Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said there was a confrontation in McGhie's driveway. McGhie produced the knife in response to a threat that he was about to be killed.
He told the men to go away. One of the men swung a punch and McGhie responded by stabbing the man in the chest.
The victim suffered a deep cut which penetrated his left lung. He tried to make his way back to his own home but found himself in difficulties and was taken to hospital.
McGhie, 42, of Balfour Street, Gainsborough, admitted unlawful wounding on December 3, 2011.
He was given a nine month jail sentence suspended for a year and ordered to perform 60 hours of unpaid work.
Passing sentence, judge Michael Heath told McGhie: "You didn't deliberately go to stab him and the injury was not life threatening."
Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending, said McGhie had not been in trouble for seven years and urged that he should not receive a jail sentence.
He said: "He is a working, family man who wants to put this behind him."