A man is behind bars for stabbing his friend in the throat while he was washing up dishes.
Toader-Marius Morosan, 38, burst into a fit of drunken rage, demanding money from his pal, before suddenly picking up a knife and stabbing him in the neck.
Morosan, who even tried to play the attack off as a joke that went too far, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to four years and four months' jail on Thursday (July 20).
Harrow Crown Court heard that on Tuesday May 27 Morosan had visited relatives at an address in Constable Gardens, Edgware, where the 53-year-old victim also lived.
Boozed up Morosan, of Marsh Lane, Stanmore , demanded a sum of money from the victim at some point during the day, but the victim told Morosan he did not have any cash.
Later that day, at around 5.30pm, Morosan entered the kitchen where the victim was washing up, and suddenly picked up a knife and stabbed him in the throat.
The London Ambulance Service was called, and paramedics treated the victim's wound.
He was taken to hospital and received stitches and has since recovered from his injuries.
Luckily, a witness in the kitchen had grabbed Morosan as he lunged with the knife, potentially preventing more serious injury.
Morosan fled the scene but was later arrested at his home address, as a result of arrest enquiries.
When interviewed Morosan tried to play the attack off as a joke that went too far, but was charged on May 30.
DC Amin Kohzadbayat, the officer in the case for Barnet CID, said: "Morosan's violent tendencies were brought out by his alcohol consumption.
"On this occasion, the victim is lucky to be alive as the knife penetrated his Adam's apple, and was only stopped as a witness intervened."
Morosan pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court on June 30.
Keep up to date with the latest news in west London via the free getwestlondon app.
You can even set it to receive push notifications for all the breaking news in your area.