A man stabbed an old pal during a bust-up at a wake - before cops found a revolver and cocaine in his bag when they searched his girlfriend's house.

Covi Henry, 37, knifed his friend during the attack on May 29, 2020, and left him bleeding heavily from a serious neck found.

An artery was severed, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

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He had to undergo surgery at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

Now Henry, from Oldham, has been jailed for 12 years.

Earlier, Alison Heyworth, prosecuting, told the court: "The victim... discharged himself the following day.

"He told the police he was at a wake, but could not remember what happened. The defendant also went to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

"He was treated for a 10cm laceration to the palm of his left hand. It is clear from the CCTV footage this was a very brief incident.

"There were a lot of people in the area. There were two very quick strikes by this defendant towards the victim."

The knife used by Henry was never found.

On June 2, Henry was arrested at his girlfriend's house in Bury.

Police found a green rucksack behind a shed. Inside, cops discovered an unloaded revolver and three rounds of ammunition.

Cocaine with an estimated value of around £6,500 to £11,800 was also found.

Defending, Richard Simons told the court: "It is clear that the victim received his treatment as a result of being stabbed.

"The assault was a brief moment. The defendant desists and instructs his brother to take the victim to the hospital in his own car.

"The defendant has a serious criminal record but he ensures the victim gets medical treatment. He is remorseful."

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Henry, of Furness Avenue in Oldham, was convicted of wounding with intent; possessing a prohibited firearm; possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate; possessing ammunition while prohibited; and possessing a firearm when prohibited.

He was jailed for 12 years.

Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale told him: "You are remorseful and I accept that. You did listen to the advice of your second legal team.

"It was not pre-meditated and you stopped the attack and helped him to get hospital treatment.

"You are not a dangerous offender."

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