A man was repeatedly stabbed during an horrific two-and-a-half hour ordeal at the hands of a friend.
The victim had invited Mark Patterson back to his home in Mistley Close in Bexhill to play computer games when he launched his vicious attack.
Last week Patterson, who lives in Eastview Terrace in Sedlescombe, was jailed for six-and-a-half years for the unprovoked attack, which happened in September last year.
The 32-year-old originally denied the charge.
However he was found guilty following a two-day trial at Lewes Crown Court last Thursday (February 12).
The court heard how Patterson and his victim met up on September 24 last year.
The victim invited his friend back to his Bexhill home to play computer games and watch a film.
But the visit took a horrifying turn when Patterson suddenly pulled out a Stanley knife and proceeded to launch an attack his friend.
The 31-year-old victim was stabbed in the neck, arms and torso.
Patterson then stopped his attack and proceeded to try and tend to the victim’s wounds.
But a short time later, the man was attacked again before Patterson again tried to treat the knife wounds.
The ordeal went on for more than two-and-a-half hours before the victim was able to escape from the house.
An ambulance was called at 3.40am on September 25 and the victim was taken to the Conquest Hospital in Hastings for treatment.
The court heard that Patterson’s victim had sustained permanent nerve damage as a result of the attack.
Patterson was arrested that same night on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
The victim told police that he had no idea why Patterson had decided to attack him with the knife.
Speaking after the trial, Detective Constable Julian Stokes said he was pleased with the prison sentence handed to Patterson by the court.
DC Stokes said: “The injuries Patterson inflicted on the victim, who thought him a friend, resulted in permanent nerve damage, but the he was lucky to escape without worse injuries.
“I am pleased that a custodial sentence has been delivered for this violent crime.”