‘Laughing maniac’ carried out frenzied stabbing in Sheffield flat with kitchen knives
The defendant stabbed Gary Smith in the neck. At some point, the first kitchen knife broke and the defendant took two similar knives from the kitchen and continued to stab Mr Smith who was badly wounded.
Mr Long said Driver was described as ‘laughing like a maniac’ as he continued the near-fatal assault. “By the time paramedics arrived, Mr Smith was in a very bad way with a collapsed lung and an injury to his artery on the left side of his neck. “
He went into cardiac arrest and his life was undoubtedly saved by the emergency treatment he received. “He underwent emergency surgery and suffered a stroke as a result of poor blood supply to the brain.”
The attack has also affected Smith’s vision in his left eye. Mr Long added: “The defendant left the scene and he was seen by a number of witnesses, including someone he knew to whom he said ‘I have stabbed them, I have killed them’.”
He was arrested later that evening by police after being spotted on Mushroom Lane.