Shane Barry Olsen jailed for stabbing man inside hostel in Johnston Street, North Tamworth on Christmas Day, 2018 | The Northern Daily Leader

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A MAN has been jailed for more than three years after he stabbed a friend on Christmas Day in Tamworth in 2018. Shane Barry Olsen was sentenced in Tamworth District Court on Tuesday for the stabbing inside a room at a hostel in North Tamworth, 14 months ago. Olsen was jailed for three-and-a-half years for one count of reckless wounding for the December 25 attack on a 48-year-old man. The two men were in a room at the hostel, when an argument unfolded and quickly turned physical. READ ALSO: In handing down her judgement, Judge Deborah Payne ordered he spend a minimum of two years behind bars before he is eligible for parole. Olsen was handed a discount of 25 per cent off the head sentence, after an early guilty plea. Judge Payne also found special circumstances in the case. He has been in custody since his arrest on December 25, 2018, and the sentence was backdated to that date, meaning Olsen will be first eligible for release in June 2021. Olsen was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment for the charge of common assault. In December, Olsen admitted to one count of assaulting his friend, as well recklessly wounding the same man, after earlier indicating a plea of guilty in the local court. The then 45-year-old Olsen attacked a 48-year-old man about 2.30pm on December 25 at a hostel on Johnston Street in North Tamworth. It had been the Crown case that Olsen got into an argument with the older man in a room at the group home before stabbing him in the leg. He then fled the scene. Officers were alerted to the stabbing and arrived at the home to find the injured man with a leg wound. The 48-year-old was taken by ambulance to Tamworth hospital for treatment. He was treated by doctors on Christmas night and left hospital shortly after. Want more crime and court stories? Support the local news that keeps you informed subscribe today

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