A man has been jailed for six years for an attack in Inwood Park, Hounslow.
Andrzej Sedzak, 30, from Maswell Park Road, Hounslow, was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday (February 5).
Sedzak was sentenced to six years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He was also sentenced to five years for attempted grievous bodily harm on another person and nine months in prison for possession of a pointed and bladed article. All sentences are to run concurrently.
The court heard how the attack started after an argument in Inwood Park, Hounslow at around 6pm on Sunday August 31, 2014.
The victim, who was aged 22 at the time, and Sedzak were both with friends in the park. Sedzak was in possession of a football and the victim told the court he approached Sedzak and asked if he could borrow it to play with it.
However Sedzak became aggressive and started to swear at the victim. The victim returned to a bench with his friend. However witnesses told the court they saw Sedzak approach the victim and his friends.
Sedzak then drew a knife from his pocket and slashed the victim's neck. He then lashed out at a second man causing a small cut to his lip. Sedzak ran from the park but a passing member of the public saw the attack and followed him. He saw Sedzak run and hide in some bushes; he was able to direct the officers to the location and Sedzak was arrested.
Sedzak was charged on October 28, 2014 and was bailed to appear at Feltham Magistrates' Court on November 6, 2014.
Detective Constable Ryszard Kolendo of Hounslow CID said: "Thankfully the victims have recovered from this attack, but the assault was vicious and the consequences could have been fatal.
"Knife crime is blight and those who inflict injuries with weapons can expect long term in prison."
A second man, Krystian Cichy, 24, also from Hounslow was found not guilty of grievous bodily harm.