A man who was stabbed in the chest by his nightmare neighbour has said he is “over the moon” she’s been jailed.

Edward Reilly spent four days in James Cook University Hospital after he was knifed by his nuisance neighbour Mary Jones on June 14.

Mr Reilly, 59, suffered a punctured lung and a 4cm wound after the drunken attack.

A victim impact statement that was read out during proceedings said: “The attack has always been on his mind and he has trouble sleeping.

“He also continues to suffer with his breathing.

“He is so concerned that he’s considered moving out of the house he’s lived in for 17 years.

“He is worried about further trouble and is very fearful of going out in public.”

Mary Jones
Mary Jones

Jones, 57, was jailed for five years for wounding with intent at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday – and now her victim can finally attempt to put the incident behind him.

Speaking to Teesside Live outside of court, Mr Reilly said he was “over the moon” at the sentence and the fact Jones was made subject to a restraining order.

But he also had criticism for Coast & Country, his housing provider which he claimed said he complained too much.

“Coast & Country housing could have stopped it”, he said.

“They should have turned round and said ‘right, we’re not having this’ – she wouldn’t have been in jail, and I wouldn’t have been stabbed.

“They had 16 years to stop it, but they didn’t.”

Edward Reilly with his wife Gillian
Edward Reilly with his wife Gillian (Image: David Huntley)

In response to his claims, a spokesperson for Coast & Country said: “There have been a small number of issues raised by both Mr Reilly and Mrs Jones over a number of years.

“None of which involved violent behaviour.

“Each one was dealt with at the time in a manner that was satisfactory to the parties concerned.

“Neither of the tenants asked for a transfer at any time.”

The spokesperson added: “We have great sympathy for Mr Reilly who has obviously suffered a traumatic time and will continue to support him as much as possible.”

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