A vicious offender has been locked up for more than fourteen years after a man he stabbed multiple times thought he was going to die.
The victim, aged in his 20s, was blinded after he was stabbed in his right eye and he also suffered a collapsed lung after he was stabbed in the back.
Montel Rawlins and fellow attacker Brandon Brailsford followed the victim into a shop before attacking him from behind as he was about to pay for items before running out of the store.
He thought he was dying as a shop worker helped apply pressure to his back wounds before paramedics quickly arrived and he was taken to hospital.
The frightening incident happened in Alfreton Road, Radford, at around 10pm on 19 November 2020.
Rawlins, of Rees Gardens, Top Valley, was jailed for fourteen years and four months at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (12 November 2021) after pleading guilty to wounding with intent.
It comes after the other knife attacker, 25-year-old Brandon Brailsford, of Homefield Road, Radford, was recently jailed for 17-and-a-half years after also pleading guilty to wounding with intent.
Detective Sergeant Rob Wells said: “Rawlins showed a blatant disregard for public safety by being involved in this horrific premeditated attack which happened in a public place with people around.
“It is only by pure luck the victim did not die as a result of this vicious assault. He was left with life-changing injuries after being stabbed in the back and eye. This brutal attack left not only the victim traumatised but also those who witnessed the extreme violence.
“I hope these significant sentences send a strong message that Nottinghamshire Police and the courts will take positive action against those prepared to carry bladed weapons, endangering the general public.
“We will not tolerate knife carrying on our streets and will always do everything in our power to put violent offenders before the courts to face justice.