A man who refused to lend a friend money ended up being stabbed three times in the chest.
The 34-year-old victim had been bombarded with a string of requests for cash from Ben Richards via phone calls, texts and Facebook messages.
The victim, who had loaned Richards money in the past, received a number of phone calls in the early hours of Saturday, January 12, and he went round to a home in Meynells Close, Melton, to find Richards to ask him to stop calling.
As he approached the stairwell outside the flat, Richards, 24, appeared with a knife and stabbed him repeatedly.
The victim stumbled back onto the street where a passer-by found him and called 999. An ambulance rushed him to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he was treated for a collapsed lung and a dangerous blood clot.
Richards, of Robin Crescent, Melton, denied the attack when he was interviewed by police and on Tuesday he had been due to stand trial at Leicester Crown Court .
But at the last minute he changed his plea, admitting one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
He was sentenced to a year in prison for the offence and one month for an unrelated criminal damage offence, to be served at the same time.
Richards was also sentenced to eight months in prison for breaching a suspended sentence order for a previous offence. This sentence is to be served consecutively, which means a total sentence of one year and eight months.
Detective Constable Richard Callus of Leicestershire Police , who was the investigating officer, said: “This was a serious assault which could have had far more dire consequences.
“Richards armed himself with a knife and used it striking the victim not just once but three times.
“We are pleased that he has pleaded guilty and we hope this outcome will help the victim move on with his life and put the events of that night behind him.
“Possession of a knife in a public place will not be tolerated, no matter what the circumstances. The #LivesnotKnives campaign is specifically aimed at educating the public about the dangers of such actions and the consequences.”