Man who stabbed dog walker in 'unprovoked' attack jailed

Todd-Sadlik Stephenson Image copyright Leicestershire Police
Image caption Police said Todd Sadlik-Stephenson was walking his own dog when he launched the attack from behind, stabbing the man in the neck

A man who stabbed a fellow dog walker in the neck in an "unprovoked" attack has been jailed for more than 10 years.

Todd Sadlik-Stephenson, 25, targeted the 35-year-old on Melton Road, East Goscote, Leicestershire, on 14 October.

Police said it was only first aid given by another passerby that saved the victim's life.

Sadlik-Stephenson pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and assault by beating and was jailed for 10 years and six months.

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Image caption The man was attacked on Melton Road in East Goscote

Leicestershire Police said Sadlik-Stephenson - who admitted the offences at Leicester Crown Court - was walking his own dog on Melton Road when he launched the attack from behind.

He also attacked the victim's wife but fled when others intervened.

'Most unimaginable horror'

In a statement issued by police, the victim said: "I don't think we'll ever understand it fully or comprehend why someone would do this to a complete stranger.

"It was a completely unprovoked attack on a couple enjoying an early evening stroll with their dog.

"I'm still on the long road to recovery, while my wife had to witness the most unimaginable horror - stemming the bleeding of a loved one should never have to happen."

Det Insp Tim Lindley said: "There is little doubt in my mind that if it wasn't for the intervention of a member of the public who provided first aid at the scene, this would have been a murder investigation.

"This was a horrific attack which has had a substantial and lasting impact on the victim, who is still recovering from his injuries."

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