A have-a-go hero risked his life to stop a man being attacked by a raging knifeman in a takeaway.
Brave Joshua Garvey, 23, jumped on violent Wayne Baines twice as he stabbed victim Dayl Harrison more than 10 times with a kitchen knife.
Today the British Car Auctions worker said: “I don’t know if I was brave or stupid.”
Attacker Wayne Baines, who has appeared in a TV series about ASBOs, is facing a jail term for the savage attack in the American Chicken and Pizza takeaway on Market Street, Chorley.
Preston Crown Court heard he stabbed Mr Harrison - Baines’ ex-partner’s new love - in the head, neck and thighs in an unprovoked attack on October 5 last year.
Mr Harrison lost a lot of blood and was treated in hospital for multiple stab wounds.
Baines, 23, latterly of Tulketh Road, Ashton, Preston, denied charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm, harassment of his ex-partner, and breaching a restraining order.
But he was found guilty at Preston Crown Court after a trial and will be sentenced on November 5.
Recalling the bloodied scene, Mr Garvey, who recently returned to his hometown after living in Scotland, said: “I had been for a few drinks but had got separated from my friends. I ended up in the takeaway chatting to two girls. At first it just looked like a play fight - we were stood in a tiled area and they were in the doorway. I had no idea who they were.
“But I could see the other lad was shaking his arms, trying to defend himself.
“I jumped on Baines’ back and tried to pull him off him. When I first jumped I thought he was punching him, then I saw the knife. He managed to throw me off him.
“He looked at me and then went for him again. There were about 10 people and staff in there.
“The second time I grabbed him he didn’t say a word, a girl grabbed me and pulled me away saying he’s got a knife - but I couldn’t just let him get stabbed.
“He was drifting in and out of consciousness as he lost blood - he kept saying: “I’m going”. He must have been so frightened.
“It’s unreal looking back at what happened. He was covered in blood and me and the girls were - they were trying to comfort him telling him he would be OK and an ambulance was coming.
“You read about these incidents in the news but never think you’ll be caught up in it.”
Baines was on the run for more than a week after the incident and was found by Nightsafe officers enjoying a night out in Preston with friends.
After the attack he had sent Facebook messages to his ex, boasting about the attack.
DC Michelle Thompson, of South CID, said: “This was a completely unprovoked attack. Dayl was ordering food after enjoying night out.
“Wayne Baines came in and exchanged words with him but there was no fight or argument, he just attacked him.
“He stabbed him in his head and kept aiming for his neck.
“Joshua Garvey is the absolute hero in this case, he effectively saved his life. He knew neither of them and was just of the view if he didn’t help he was going to kill him. He put his own life at risk.
“After going on the run, Baines was found on a night out Preston. He doesn’t seem to understand severity of what he’s doing.”
“Dayl is slowly getting over his injuries. He has been left with some nasty scars. He had to have surgery and lost a couple pints of blood.”
Baines is notorious in Chorley, having been slapped with an ASBO at just 12 years old.
Last December he featured in a Channel 5 documentary in which he claimed he had breached his ASBO so many times he had “lost count”.