A KNIFEMAN who stabbed a rival in the back during a terrifying revenge attack has been jailed for 10 years.
Richard Morrow, 20, punctured both of Kieron Flynn’s lungs with two deep thrusts from a 12-inch carving knife, causing him to lose six pints of blood and left him in need of life-saving hospital treatment.
Mr Flynn managed to avoid a third blow, aimed at his head, by ducking.
Newcastle Crown Court heard if the 22-year-old victim had been older or less fit, he “would not have survived” the attack.
Wounded and bleeding, Mr Flynn managed to dial 999 before shocked passers-by flocked to help him in the street.
A recording of the call was played in court.
Mr Recorder Christopher Williams said: “It was a harrowing telephone call from someone who was, in the judgment of the court, close to death.”
On top of the decade behind bars, Morrow was given an extended four-year licence period.
The judge told him: “This had been a horrendous attack without provocation, quite vicious with very nearly fatal consequences.
“There is a serious risk to members of the public of serious harm. There is a need for protection for the public because of the fear of commission of further offences.
“It is a tragedy that someone of your age is facing sentence for such a serious matter.”
The judge praised those at the scene and the medics involved in saving Mr Flynn’s life.
The court heard the men, who had known each other since they were children, had fallen out after Mr Flynn accused Morrow of burgling his home in the weeks before the attack.
Morrow, of Harelaw Drive, Roker, Sunderland, denied wounding with intent, but was convicted by a jury after a trial.
The court heard he has since admitted he was the knifeman, and offered an apology through his barrister Peter Schofield.
The court heard the attack happened when Morrow turned up at a flat which Mr Flynn was visiting on August 16. Prosecutor Jonathan Devlin said: “The defendant stabbed the victim using a large kitchen knife and caused life-threatening injuries.
“He stabbed him not once, but twice, both in the back, causing each of his lungs to be punctured.
“He lost two and a half litres of blood, approximately six pints, and required immediate intensive medical care to save his life.”
Mr Flynn managed to stagger out of the property after he was attacked, but collapsed nearby where neighbours rushed to help.
In court, the victim said he had been told Morrow had burgled his home by a man he caught riding his bike, which had been stolen during the raid.
Mr Flynn said Morrow found out he was being blamed, but said he had nothing to do with it.
He said when Morrow turned up at the house on the night of the stabbing, things were “all right” at first.
But, he said, Morrow, who denied responsibility for the burglary, then launched an attack, before picking up the knife and stabbing him.