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Nottingham man speaks of his experience after his hand was partially severed in machete attack

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A man has spoken of his worries for the future after his hand was partially severed in a machete attack.

Courtney Sylvester, 22, attacked the man with a machete in broad daylight and has today been jailed for six years and six months.

Sylvester went to a flat on 11 April 2020, and smashed the bedroom window before going on to attack the victim outside the flat.

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The victim, who did not want to be named, received a life-altering injury to his hand when he raised his arm to protect his head as Sylvester struck him with the machete.

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The victim spoke of his concerns for the future in a victim impact statement read at court. He said, “I worry about providing for my young child and the impact this will have on her future.

“I worry about not being able to do the things I enjoy doing, such as DIY projects, sports, gaming and future driving skills as I was learning to drive a car. I can’t enjoy doing these things anymore and this is causing me to feel depressed.

“When I have gone out shopping with family members I am aware of people staring at my hand and this has caused me to feel self-conscious. As a result of this, I don’t enjoy going out as I did before this incident and I am spending more time at home. This is negatively affecting my mood and my mental wellbeing.

“Not only has the defendant caused me a serious injury that has left me with life altering consequences, but he has also taken away my independence.”

Detective Constable Laura McCullough, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack where the victim needed extensive surgery as a result. His life has been changed by this incident because he may never regain the full use of his hand.

“I would like to thank the witnesses who came forward and supported the investigation. Most of all, though, I commend the bravery of the victim. Despite undergoing several extensive operations and rigorous physiotherapy, he has been completely committed to helping officers with this investigation.

“There are serious consequences to carrying and using weapons, as this case shows all too well. If the victim had not protected his head from the blow, a more devastating injury could have been caused to his head.

“Slyvester showed no regard for the harm he had caused and has rightly been sent to prison.”

The attack happened in Elvaston Court in Bestwood, Nottingham.

Sylvester, of Perry Road, in Sherwood, Nottingham, was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today (17 September) after pleading guilty to wounding with intent, possession of a bladed article and criminal damage at an earlier hearing.

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