A TAXI passenger with 88 criminal convictions viciously stabbed the driver with a blade when a nasty and aggressive confrontation got out of hand.
The victim was stabbed in the face and neck and realised he had been wounded in the mouth area, a court heard.
Tye Hunter, 32, of Gilbey Road, Grimsby, admitted wounding Jafar Anwari in Cleethorpes and having a craft knife blade in public on August 28 last year.
He also admitted breaching a 22-month suspended prison sentence imposed in March last year for affray, involving the use of a weapon.
Andrew Bailey, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Hunter got in Mr Anwari's taxi but, when they reached the destination, he asked to go to another address.
The driver refused as Hunter was drunk and looked like he was going to be sick.
Hunter became aggressive and raised his right hand as if to punch him.
Mr Anwari moved back and tried to restrain Hunter. The driver spotted that Hunter had a knife with him.
Hunter tried to stab him repeatedly to the face and neck area and the driver realised he had been stabbed to the side of the mouth.
Hunter had convictions for 88 previous offences.
Saleem Khan, mitigating, said Hunter pleaded guilty and had committed no further offences since this incident.
He had responded well to the alcohol treatment requirement on the previous suspended prison sentence.
Hunter had been brutally assaulted in May this year and he received a mild brain injury, which needed treatment.
His treatment plan would work better if he were outside prison, said Mr Khan.
Hunter was settled with his partner and was concentrating on keeping off alcohol. He claimed he had stopped going out and was focused on his efforts at rehabilitation.
Hunter was jailed for 22 months after the suspended sentence was activated.
A charge of attempting to wound Mr Anwari with intent was dropped after he denied the matter.
Hunter asked to pose for a photograph outside court after complaining to the Grimsby Telegraph that he did not like a previous one that had been used.