Man jailed for slitting friend's throat and stabbing him 12 times in Blackburn

A man has been jailed for slitting his friend’s throat and stabbing him multiple times in the back with a kitchen knife in Blackburn.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 3:12 pm

Lindsay Harkin, 29, has been sentenced to nine years in jail after causing life-changing injuries to his friend during a shocking attack in Blackburn on July 1.

The aftermath of the attack, which happened at an address in Lower Hollin Bank Street at around 7.50pm, was captured on CCTV from a neighbouring property and used in evidence.

In the footage, Harkin can be seen fleeing the scene carrying a knife, as well as a mobile phone and its wallet case which was stolen from the victim during the incident.

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The victim, a 35-year-old man, can also be seen staggering along the street, covered in blood, before knocking on a neighbour's door for help.

A nearby resident called 999 after the victim collapsed on the pavement. The victim was then taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he received lifesaving treatment.

Det Sgt Steve Munro, of Lancashire Police, said: "The level of violence which was used in this attack on a vulnerable man, resulting in multiple serious injuries, is totally intolerable.

"Harkin befriended his victim and took advantage of his generous nature before launching an unprovoked attack on him.

Lindsay Harkin (pictured) has been sentenced to nine years in jail after pleading guilty to section 18 wounding, robbery and possession of a bladed article.

"The message here is clear, if you come to Lancashire and commit this type of heinous crime, you will be caught and you will be punished."

Harkin, previously of Swift Close, Blackburn, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to section 18 wounding, robbery and possession of a bladed article today (October 27).

DC Steve O’Boyle, who located and arrested Harkin following a wanted appeal, added: "The impact of this ordeal on the victim has been huge and I would like to applaud him for his bravery.

"I hope this sentence can offer him some form of closure so he can start to move on with his life."

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