Stab victim's 999 call is released as friend who stabbed him is jailed
‘I’m going to die!’: Bloodied stab victim’s harrowing 999 call is released as best friend who slashed his throat is jailed for nine years
- Damien Berry, 35, was stabbed several times by Lindsay Harkin, 29, in Blackburn
- Shocking clip shows him desperately knocking on a door, with blood everywhere
- Mr Berry looked for help but collapsed in street as his injuries continued to bleed
- Harkin, who also went by Joey Harkin, sentenced at Preston Crown Court today
Lindsay Harkin, 29, stabbed Damien Berry, 35, several times in the back in Blackburn
A bloodied stab victim’s harrowing 999 call has been released by police after his best friend who slashed him in the throat was jailed for nine years.
Damien Berry, 35, was also knifed several times in the back by 29-year-old Lindsay Harkin in Blackburn, Lancashire, on July 1.
Shocking footage showed him desperately knocking on a door, with blood pouring down his chest and on to his tracksuit.
After searching for help, Mr Berry collapsed in the street as his injuries continued to bleed.
During a frantic 999 call moments later, he can be heard shouting in the background that he was going to die.
Video from a home camera showed Harkin fleeing the scene with a knife as he carried a mobile phone stolen from Mr Berry.
A resident made the call for help as the victim collapsed on the pavement, following the attack at 7.50pm.
Mr Berry was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital where he received lifesaving treatment.
Shocking footage showed Mr Berry desperately knocking on a door, with blood pouring down his chest and on to his tracksuit
Harkin, who also went by Joey Harkin, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today after pleading guilty to wounding, robbery and possession of a bladed article.
According to the Lancashire Telegraph, Prosecutor Francis McEntee told the court: ‘Mr Berry returned to his home address after leaving hospital but had a real fear of people going to attack him and so removed himself entirely from the Blackburn area to Yorkshire. He trusts no-one and faces battles on a daily basis.
‘In his victim personal statement he admitted he was a man with difficulties, and had moved to Blackburn to start a new life and had started to make the house on Lower Hollin Bank Street a home.
‘He said ”I will help anyone and have a kind and caring nature. I helped out Joey and can’t believe he attacked me. I gave him clothes and food from my cupboard”.’
Preston Crown Court heard Harkin had been relaxing with a woman called Rachel Walsh and Mr Berry at the victim’s house.
Mr Berry gave the defendant food and clothes but after drugs and alcohol were consumed Harkin robbed him.
He took £55 in cash as well as his debit card, before stabbing him across the body with a kitchen knife.
Harkin was charged with attempted murder, which was downgraded to grevious bodily harm with intent.
Harkin took £55 in cash as well as his debit card, before stabbing him across the body with a kitchen knife (pictured)
Defencing, Anna Chestnut said Harkin had fled Northern Ireland for his safety and had tired to start a new life in England in 2016.
But she said he had struggled to get a job and became homeless and routinely took drugs.
She told the court he realises how dangerous his attack was and felt remorseful for it.
She added he had trouble with anger management and wanted to ‘break the cycle of violence and drugs’.
Judge Simon Medland jailed Harkin for nine years after slitting his friend’s throat and stabbing him in the unprovoked attack.
DS 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.
‘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.’
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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