Issued on 15/2/19 at 4:36 p.m.
A Leicestershire man has been jailed for stabbing a dog walker in an unprovoked attack.
Todd-Sadlik Stephenson carried out the violent assault on his victim in Melton Road, East Goscote on the evening of Sunday 14 October.
Today, (Friday 15 February) he pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and battery at Leicester Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison.
Sadlik-Stephenson, 25, was walking his own dog on Melton Road when he targeted his victim, stabbing him in the neck. He then turned his attention to the victim’s wife but ran from the scene when members of the public intervened.
A passer-by stopped to help to the victim as he lay on the ground, providing life-saving first aid. The subsequent investigation by detectives uncovered CCTV that showed Sadlik-Stephenson, of Tinkers Dell, East Goscote, running off from the scene and returning home.
Sadlik-Stephenson was arrested 24 hours after carrying out the attack. He was sentenced to 10 years and six months for grievous bodily harm with intent and six months for battery. He will serve the sentences concurrently.
Detective Inspector Tim Lindley, the senior investigating officer, said: “There’s little doubt in my mind that if it wasn’t for the intervention of a member of the public who provided first aid at the scene, this would have been a murder investigation.
“The help that she provided saved the victim’s life.
“This was a horrific attack which has had a substantial and lasting impact on the victim, who is still recovering from his injuries.
“It has also had a significant impact on the local community within East Goscote. I would like to extend my thanks to those people who spoke to us as part of this investigation. We had more than 60 people who were either witnesses or who called to provide information.
“Both the victim in this case and the wider community in East Goscote should be reassured that Sadlik-Stephenson has been convicted of this callous assault and is now facing a lengthy custodial sentence.”
Detective Constable DC Beverley Toon, the officer in the case, added: “The victim and his wife have been through a particularly traumatic incident and recognised how close he came to losing his life.
“The events of that evening have had a significant impact upon their lives and I expect they will struggle to come to terms with the attack for some time. Despite the understandable difficulties they faced in the days following the attack, they were fully committed to assisting the police from the outset which allowed us to secure charges at an early stage in the investigation.
“For that I commend them and hope that the conviction of their attacker provides them with some much needed closure.”