A man from Hackney who violently stabbed his neighbour while on cocaine has been jailed for 15 years.
Kirk Daniels, 31, from Hoxton, was sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court yesterday to 15 years in jail for grievous bodily harm with intent. He was also given 12 years, to be served concurrently, for attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.
The court heard that Daniels got into a fight with his neighbour in his estate’s communal courtyard in September 2015. Following the fight, Daniels went back to his flat on the third floor and threw a child’s bicycle off the ledge, narrowly missing his neighbour’s head.
Daniels then ran into the flat, grabbed a 12-inch kitchen knife, and proceeded back down to the courtyard where he stabbed his neighbour multiple times in a ‘frenzied’ attack.
The victim suffered stab wounds to the leg and stomach during the attack, as well as a dislocated shoulder. A passer-by noticed the altercation and intervened, using the child’s bicycle to fend off an attack by Daniels. The passer-by then ran off and quickly found a police car.
Once arrested, Daniels admitted to taking cocaine and tested positive while in custody. Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, investigating officer from Hackney CID, said: “We are pleased that this man is now behind bars. The sentence given should give Daniels plenty of time to reflect on his horrific actions.”
“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victims and they were incredibly lucky that their injuries were only superficial. The attack could have easily had a very different outcome.”
“I’d like to thank the witnesses to this attack for coming forward and assisting with our investigation. I’d especially like to commend the passer-by for his bravery in going to the aid of the victim and for quickly bringing the attack to the attention of the police.”
Daniels was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court on September 13.