Rustington man jailed after unprovoked attack on neighbor Brighton News

A 66-year-old man who stabbed his neighbor in an unprovoked attack has been jailed.

David Graham stabbed his downstairs neighbor in the chest on November 2 last year after their relationship deteriorated.

The man, also 66, was cleaning brushes outside the Elm Place address in Rustington when Graham approached and stabbed him.

As his neighbor then tried to flee, Graham stabbed him again in the back.

Graham fled the scene and the man was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after his wife called 999.

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After evading police for two days, Graham was found at another address in the village and arrested two days later.

He lived in the apartment above the man he stabbed. They had initially been on good terms, but the relationship deteriorated over time.

During an interview with the police, he refused to account for his actions and answered “without comment” to most of the questions put to him.

Graham pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at a previous hearing, and at Lewes Crown Court on April 12 he was sentenced to 90 months’ imprisonment.

Investigator Detective Constable Charlotte Carter said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack in which Graham intentionally injured his neighbor and left him for dead.

“Fortunately, the victim’s wife immediately dialed 999, which enabled him to get the emergency treatment he needed to survive.

“It goes without saying that the use of a weapon such as a knife can have devastating consequences, and that’s why we continue to work with partners across the force to ensure education and enforcement. ”

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This notice was published: 2022-04-25 14:36:22

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