A man who chased and repeatedly stabbed a man will spend years behind bars.
Michael Stevenson launched the brutal attack following a disturbance in Talbot Street, Nottingham city centre.
The 21-year-old victim had just left a nightclub and was having an argument with his girlfriend.
Hearing the row, Stevenson came out of a convenience store along with a second man, Zuber Hassan, and tried to intervene.
The 21-year-old told them not to get involved as it had nothing to do with them.
Stevenson and Hassan then approached the boyfriend and a small kitchen knife was produced.
Fearing for his safety, he ran off and was chased by the two men onto Burton Street where he tripped and was then kicked, punched and stabbed.
The victim suffered eight stab wounds which required 25 stitches in hospital.
The incident happened at around 2am on 27 August last year.
Following a detailed police investigation, Stevenson and Hassan were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.
Both men appeared at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Friday, 27 May 2022).
Stevenson, aged 39, from Alfreton Road, The Arboretum, admitted inflicting the stab wounds and was jailed for eight years and three months after pleading guilty to wounding with intent and being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine between 16 and 29 August last year.
Hassan, 22, of Bentinck Road, Forest Fields, pleaded guilty to affray and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for 18 months. He must also carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
Following the sentencing, Detective Constable Dionne Love, who led the investigation, said: “This was a vicious attack which left the victim fearing for his life. He was stabbed a number of times and it is very fortunate he was not more seriously injured.
“I am pleased to see this result from court and that Stevenson has been handed a lengthy prison term. Hassan has been given a second chance by the courts and I hope he takes it. If he fails to stay out of trouble, I can assure him we’ll be there to put him back before the courts and there’s only one place he’ll end up and that’s prison.
“This case should serve as a strong reminder that Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime and drug crime extremely seriously. Such offences are completely unacceptable and I’d like to reassure people that we remain committed to putting offenders before the courts in order to make our communities safer.”