A man has been jailed for 16 years for a knife attack on a vulnerable victim.
Scott Slade, 21,of Yew Tree Gardens, Romford, pleaded guilty at Snaresbrook Crown on Thursday, 14 February to Section 18 grievous bodily harm [GBH] with intent on a 56-year-old man.
The victim was known to Slade and was considered vulnerable.
At 11.15pm on Sunday, 9 September 2018, Slade stabbed the victim several times with a kitchen knife at an address in Yew Tree gardens. He fled the scene, leaving the victim bleeding heavily and warning the victim that if he told anyone he’d been stabbed he would kill him.
Police and London Ambulace Service [LAS] were alerted when the victim’s family went to the address at 11.26pm.
The victim was taken by LAS to an east London hospital as police launched urgent enquiries to trace the suspect.
Slade was located at Rush Green Road, Romford leaving a mini-cab. He was arrested at 11.50pm. He was still armed with a knife at the time of arrest.
The victim had been stabbed in the chest, arm and back with the knife piercing his stomach, lung, diaphragm and spleen. This, along with a previously existing lung condition, meant that the victim’s health declined rapidly and he was in an induced coma for several days, followed by two weeks of critical care and the need for ongoing treatment.
Detective Inspector Jason Prendergast of the East Area Command Unit said: “It is only right that Slade will spend a long time in prison, having pleaded guilty to this violent and cowardly attack.
“The victim has not fully recovered and he may not walk unaided again. I hope that the lengthy prison sentence that Slade is facing provides the victim and his family with some measure of comfort.”