Beserk drunk stabs youth and assaults women

A drunk man who stabbed a teenager with a broken bottle and assaulted women in Scarborough and Filey has been jailed for 30 months.

Jon Callum Shellard, 29, caused visible injuries to the two women and youth, in what detectives described as a ‘David and Goliath’ confrontation.

Police were called to reports of a violent incident at a residential address in Filey on the morning of 20 July.

The occupant said she had been assaulted by Shellard, who had grabbed her throat. Shellard, of Albemarle Crescent, Scarborough, had left the scene with a knife.

The fugitive went to an address in Scarborough where he pushed another woman down some stairs and kicked her in the face. The youth, aged 16, challenged Shellard about his violent behaviour and drew his attention away from younger children.

Shellard chased the teenager and stabbed him in a neighbouring street with a broken wine bottle, which smashed during the chase. The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and discharged after his wound had been treated.

After a big search, the police found and arrested Shellard. In court, he pleaded guilty to assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon in public.

Detective Constable David Adams, who led the investigation, said: “This was a tragic and selfish drunken episode which was self-induced on Shellard’s part and could have ended differently for his victims. He chose to do what he did without a thought for the wide-reaching implications for everyone involved. Fortunately, this was an isolated incident and offences of this severity are rare in Scarborough.

“I would like to highlight the outstanding bravery of the 16-year-old victim, which is even more impressive considering his age. He drew the attention of Shellard away from children who were present when he was going berserk and being violent. He took on a fully-grown man twice his age and substantially taller and stronger than him in what can be described as a ‘David and Goliath’ scenario”.