A chef has been jailed after he stabbed a man in the neck and ‘raked’ a steak knife across his face for ‘staring at his girlfriend’ and calling her a ‘b****’ and a ‘w****’.
Fabio Montoya, 27, was at a restaurant with his girlfriend when he used a steak knife to stab Diego Olave in his neck, narrowly avoiding a major artery.
He also cut his face, leaving a 5cm slash under his hairline that needed stitches and may scar.
Mr Olave had been drinking at La Barra since about 12pm when Montoya and his girlfriend arrived at the south London venue.
When Montoya confronted the victim, asking him to stop looking at his girlfriend, Mr Olave became ‘abusive’ and used ‘derogatory language’ against Montoya’s partner.
Montoya ‘saw red’ and plunged a steak knife into the victim’s neck in a ‘dangerous and reprehensible way’, Inner London Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Gareth Munday said Mr Olave ‘had seven or eight beers and some food’ by the time the two men had their argument on September 27 last year.
After the violence, Montoya – who does not work at La Barra – went back into the restaurant to apologise to staff, return the knife and pay the bill.
He was arrested in December and admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Mark Stevens, defending, said: ‘He doesn’t remember exactly what happened. He accepts he was in a rage.’
Judge Silas Reid said he had read a number of character references for Montoya and ruled the lash out was ‘entirely out of character’.
He jailed the Spanish national, who has lived in Britain for the last eight years, for three years and nine months on Friday.
He told Montoya: ‘Mr Olave used derogatory terms against your partner, then on leaving used a very unpleasant term indeed, but that was not acceptable provocation for what you did.
‘You told police you saw red. You had the knife pointing down out of your closed hand and stabbed it into his neck, as you moved away you stabbed it towards his face and ended up causing a number of injuries to him.
‘You could easily have killed him, even though you wouldn’t have had the intention to kill him you would have been successfully prosecuted for murder and quite possibly the rest of your useful adult life would have been gone as well as his.’
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