Attacker is jailed for 10 years for ‘frenzied’ stabbing in Great Yarmouth

Carl Atkins, of Maureen Close in Coventry, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after he was found

Carl Atkins, of Maureen Close in Coventry, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of wounding with intent. - Credit: Archant

A man who stabbed another man at least eight times in a 'frenzied' knife attack in his own home has been jailed.

Carl Atkins, 27, knocked at the door of the victim's Great Yarmouth home armed with a knife and demanded, 'give me your weed'.

With the knife held at chest height he entered the property and stabbed the victim at least eight times, in the chest and back, as he grappled with the complainant.

The attack stopped after the victim choked and Atkins, who appeared worried about him, left the property.

Atkins appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced after having previously been found guilty of wounding with intent following a trial in October last year.

Following the 'frenzied' attack in August 2014 the victim was taken to hospital so his injuries, which included four stab wounds to his stomach, as well as stab wounds to his back and a cut to his mouth where the blade was held at one point during the incident.

The court heard the attack has had a 'profound' affect on the victim who has had to have his medication altered to sort out his anxiety and to help him sleep.

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Sentencing Atkins to 10 years in prison Judge Katharine Moore described it as 'an extremely serious' offence and said it was only 'by good fortune there was no really serious injury'.

William Beardmore, for Atkins, of Coventry, West Midlands, said the attack was 'frenzied' but not 'repeated' and lasted only for less than a minute.

He said it was 'far from the worst example' of a wounding case and insisted it was not a serious injury in the context of the offence.

He said Atkins had suffered from the effects of a hammer attack on him in 2012 after which he spent a number of days in an induced coma.

Mr Beardmore said he has suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression following the attack.

He said he had shunned medical intervention but was now undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy for the affects of the incident on him.

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