A West Drayton man has been jailed for life after stabbing his victim as he worked on a car.
Allan Powell, 54, of Brooklyn Way, was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years for for attempted murder plus two years' imprisonment for possessing an offensive weapon, at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday (Monday, August 4).
On Saturday, August 31 2013, Powell stabbed a 50-year-old man who was working on his car in Green Walk, Southall.
The victim was under the bonnet leaning over the engine and as he stood up, he felt a 'push' from behind and fell backwards onto the ground.
The court heard how he looked up to see Powell standing beside his car holding a large knife. The victim then realised he was bleeding from the chest as there was blood all over his T-shirt.
Powell tried to stab him again as he lay on the ground, but the victim kicked out with his legs and arms and Powell ran off.
The victim managed to get to his feet and stumble to the front door where he called for his partner who dialled 999.
London Ambulance Service arrived and had to resuscitate him due to his deteriorating condition. He was taken to a London hospital for further treatment.
Powell was arrested at his home address.
He was found guilty by a unanimous verdict on Thursday, 19 June.
Detective Sergeant Dave Coward, from Ealing police, said: “This was a serious attack which caused life-threatening injuries to the victim and has had a major impact on him. He has shown great courage throughout this investigation.
"Powell's lengthy sentence sends a clear and powerful message to everyone carrying and using knives that we will find you, prosecute you and put you in prison."