A man who threw money at a drug dealer and launched what police described as a "frenzied" knife attack on him has been jailed for life.
Sean Hatter, 29 and from Milton Keynes, was found guilty on November 15, 2017 following a trial at the Old Bailey. He was sentenced on Friday January 19 at the same court.
The court heard that on April 13, 2017 the victim, a 37-year-old man who admitted dealing drugs, was at home when he received a call from an unknown number.
Hatter, identifying himself only as 'Dave', said a mutual friend had given him the victim's number, and that he wanted to buy drugs. The victim drove to meet Hatter on a street in Yeading, where the transaction was completed.
The following night the victim was again contacted by Hatter and returned to the scene of the original transaction to make a fresh sale, this time with his partner, a 36-year-old woman.
This time, however, Hatter approached the victim's car door, threw money into the vehicle and leant inside to stab the victim several times, before fleeing the scene.
The victim spent a week in a west London hospital and required three further months of treatment as a result of the incident.
Hatter was identified when police, using mobile phone top-up records, traced him to two separate newsagents in the Hayes area and matched the CCTV footage with the description provided by the victim's partner. Hatter was arrested on May 13 at an address in Milton Keynes and charged the following day.
PC Russell Popplewell, of Hillingdon CID, who led the investigation, said: "Today’s sentencing is a reflection of the sheer ferocity and absolute barbarity with which Hatter attacked his victim.
"Though he has admittedly made mistakes of his own in dealing drugs, the level of violence inflicted upon the victim, with his partner present, is simply revolting, and has no place in London.
"I can only hope that this sentence will allow the victim some comfort as he attempts to move on with his life for the better, and that Hatter will have plenty of time to reflect upon what he has done."