A FRAUDSTER who was previously jailed for stabbing a woman in the back has been sent back to prison.

Leon Sherratt, from Whitecross, was locked up for 18 weeks at Warrington Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 15.

The 36-year-old admitted fraud, two counts of theft and possession of a class B drug having stolen a bank card on Princess Street in Sankey Bridges and then used it to purchase items at shops on Lovely Lane.

He was also caught with amphetamine when he was arrested at his home on Whitecross Road on Tuesday, July 13.

Sherratt was told to pay a £128 victim surcharge, while magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.

Co-defendant Lesley Ann Murphy, also of Whitecross Road, denied theft and two counts of fraud in relation to the same incident.

The 45-year-old also pleaded not guilty to theft and interfering with a motor vehicle after a phone, cash and clothes were stolen from a Nissan Leaf car parked on Cartwright Street on Friday, July 9.

She will now face a trial back before the same court in September.

Sherratt was previously locked up for two years in 2011 after stabbing a woman whom he suspected of stealing his cocaine.

The victim suffered three wounds around 1cm deep to the left-hand side of her back, having been attacked with a five-inch blade.

Her assailant continued to make threats after being arrested at the scene of the assault at his then home on Festival Crescent in Orford, saying: “I’ll slash her in the throat, she deserves it – I wish she was dead.”