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6 October 2017, 14:14
A 40 year-old man from St Albans has been sentenced to 17 years in prison and a further five years on extended licence for the attempted murder of his friend.
On the night of Monday, Sept 12 last year, Craig Sutherland repeatedly stabbed Verinder Rajput, 46, better known as Vinnie.
During the attack inside Sutherland’s flat, his victim suffered 12 stab wounds to his back, neck, head, hands and torso. Some of his vital organs were perforated and he also suffered a fractured jaw.
Life-saving treatment was given to Mr Rajput at the scene by the emergency services and he spent two months in hospital recovering.
On the night of the attack Sutherland and Mr Rajput, who had known each other for more than a decade, had been drinking alcohol when an argument broke out.
When officers arrived at the property, Sutherland barricaded himself in the living room.
He was still armed with a knife and was threatening to cause further harm to his victim.
Officers forced entry into the flat and detained Sutherland who was kneeling over Mr Rajput with a knife in his hand.
Detective Inspector Pushpa Guild from the Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said:
“When officers arrived at Sutherland’s flat he was threatening to cause further harm to his victim and it was only the quick actions of officers and paramedics that saved Mr Rajput’s life.
Today, Mr Rajput continues to recover from the significant injuries he suffered at the hands of Sutherland.
This lengthy sentence reflects the violent and sustained attack that was carried out by Sutherland.”
Robbie Weber, Senior Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said:
"We know that nothing can undo what happened to the victim, but we hope that the conviction and today's sentence bring him at least a small sense that justice has been done.
We also hope that the victim, who has shown great courage throughout this process, continues with his recovery. Our thoughts are very much with him at this time."