No prison for man who stabbed Harold Hill housemate in ‘petty’ washing up argument

15:38 18 June 2014

A police cordon outside a home in Kingsbridge Road,Harold Hill ,where a stabbing incident took placed. (02/12/13).

A police cordon outside a home in Kingsbridge Road,Harold Hill ,where a stabbing incident took placed. (02/12/13).


Jason Da Costa nearly killed his housemate when he stabbed him in the torso during a “petty” and “stupid” argument over the washing up but received a suspended prison sentence today.

Colin was stabbed by his housemateColin was stabbed by his housemate

Da Costa, 44, will not go to prison for stabbing Colin Payne, 41, with a carving knife after the dispute in their home in Kingsbridge Close, Harold Hill, on December 2 last year.

Judge Ian Darling said: “The circumstances of that offence were in origin petty and stupid. The notion a disagreement about levels of cleanliness can result in someone nearly being killed astounds me it is astonishing.”

The defendant had a “long” history of criminal offences and was released from prison in 2012, the court heard.

He was initially charged with GBH but the prosecution accepted his guilty plea to the lesser offence of unlawful wounding.

Da Costa failed to attend sentencing earlier this morning after he went missing from his sister’s house on Monday and “relapsed” in his alcohol addiction, a court heard.

Da Costa had not drunk alcohol for 20 months but arrived at court nearly two hours late with a can of beer in his hand, defence lawyer Achilleas Achillea said.

“He has been drinking. He tells me that over the last few days he has relapsed. He had a can with him when I saw him this morning,” Mr Achillea said.

He had been released on bail after pleading guilty three months ago and ordered to stay at his sisters in Ruthven Avenue, Waltham Cross.

“He’s completed those conditions until Monday this week. It seems clear he does need some help,” the defence lawyer added.

Da Costa, whose mother had flown in from America to support him, told the judge: “I can do better. At the moment I need a bit of support.”

Judge Darling said: “I’m prepared to accept that a combination of his mental health issues, the prospect of going to prison, potentially for a significant amount of time, and the well meaning support, which may have been misconstrued as pressure, may have created this lapse.

“There were green shoots and he appeared to be turning his life around. The alcohol was going away and the medication was working.”

He handed Da Costa a suspended sentence in the hope he can be rehabilitated outside of prison.

The judge said: “If I have got this wrong I am going to put it right.”

Da Costa was handed a 12-month prison sentence to be suspended for two years.

He must also stay at his sister’s house, where he previously absconded from, between 8pm and 6am, undergo a behavioural course and pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Pick up a copy of Friday’s Recorder for more on the news.

Read more:

Man who stabbed Harold Hill housemate in washing up argument fails to attend sentencing

Man collapsed in Harold Hill street after stabbing

Latest Romford News Stories

Romford Town centre gv's. Romford market

Market traders who have been in Romford for decades will be encouraged to give up their “prime spots” to make way for new stallholders.

Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, Ilford IG1 4XA - Launch of the Thames Gateway Business Awards.
Left to right: Aspers Head of Marketing Sean Langley, Aspers Marketing Manager Debbie Mazs, Archant Executive Editor Michael Adkins, Archant Commercial Director Tony Little and Bilal Sheikh from Mont Rose College

This year’s Thames Gateway Business Awards ceremony, the highlight of the business calendar throughout east London and Essex, is taking place tonight.

Lydia Lucy performing at Havering College

A former X Factor contestant and finalist of The Voice returned to her old college to this week to put on a show for its students.

Ambulance. Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

A 10-year-old boy has been hit by a car on his way to a holiday activity camp this morning.

Hayley Collins was refused a drink in the pub as the staff thought she was drunk

A leading brain injury charity said it is “extremely disappointed” at a pub chain after staff refused to serve a disabled woman whose condition was mistaken for drunkenness.

The Somerset House Christmas Ice Rink, at London's Somerset House Credit: PA Images

An ice rink will be set-up in the market place over the Christmas period but it will be closed on bank holidays.

Andy Butler with a copy of his wife's interim certificate with the wrong date of death recorded.

A widower is hoping to gain closure over his wife’s death after an investigation was launched into the conduct of a former coroner for the borough.

Georgie, now 16, Leila, now 10, and their mother Nancy Shelley

Grieving orphans were traumatised after their belongings were put out on the street by their landlady less than 10 days after their mother died.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news


Show Job Lists

News from your area


Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.


£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now