Door Supervisor Saves Man Stabbed 25 Times in ‘Frenzied Attack’

5 Feb, 2019

Door Supervisor Saves Man Stabbed 25 Times in ‘Frenzied Attack’

A man who was stabbed 25 times during an unprovoked attack at a family restaurant told a doorman who came to his aid he was going to die.

Defendant Dalton Morrissey, of Pen y Cwm, Llandudno, denies attempting to murder 32-year-old Gareth Edwards at Hickory’s Smokehouse in Rhos-on-Sea on August 10 of last year.

The trial at Mold Crown Court heard how Mr Edwards had been with out with a group celebrating a friend’s birthday when he was attacked in the men’s toilets.

Giving evidence, Mr Edwards told the court how he had felt a sharp pain in his back as he prepared to use the urinals.

He said he turned around to see his attacker, who he did not know, standing in front of him with a knife.

Morrissey had a “stare with a focused look in his eye”.

Mr Edwards said: “I could see the wooden handle and I could also see the blood on the blade. I asked him what he was doing. I asked him if he was OK, to which there was no response.”

Morrissey then “plunged the knife into me”, said Mr Edwards. The first blow was to his chest and he tried to protect himself by putting his hands up.

He explained how the blows raining down on him were constant and he tried to lock himself in a toilet cubicle to get away, but his attacker wedged the door open with one hand and continued stabbing him in the stomach as he sat on the floor.

“I was trying to stop the knife hitting my body by putting my hands in front of the knife blade. It was a frenzied attack with multiple stab wounds”, he said.

Mr Edwards managed to fight his way past Morrissey and out of the cubicle but only got as far as the door of the toilets before he was pulled back in and pushed up against the wall by his throat and choked.

He said: “I was…I couldn’t breathe. I was trying to release the grip he had around my throat. I managed to eventually.”

Mr Edwards, who suffered 25 knife wounds to his neck, chest, abdomen, legs and a punctured lung, ran back to the cubicle as the horror continued but Morrissey continued trying to stab him. He estimated Edwards had made 50 or 60 attempts to stab him.

He eventually managed to wrestle the knife from his assailant and “plunged it backwards”, inflicting two injuries but Morrissey regained control of the knife somehow and his victim fell to the floor.

He continued to attack him but a member of the public, Sean Mack who was there celebrating his brother’s birthday party, saw what was happening and ran out to tell a member of security, the court heard.

At that point Morrissey left the toilets and exited the building, passing doorman Heath Jeffries on the way.

He was later stopped by two men working on a car in a nearby street and tried to surrender, believing they were policemen.

They locked themselves inside the car and called North Wales Police. He was carrying two knives and a fork.

Giving evidence, Mr Jeffries said his first thought was to “preserve life” on seeing the victim’s injuries.

He said: “He said he had been stabbed multiple times. I took him upstairs to a bigger area and put him on the floor. He said he was going to die. He said that more than once. I reassured him really that he would be alright. There was lots of blood from the chest and the abdomen.”

Morrissey’s defence counsel Duncan Bould asked if there had been any confrontation between the two men prior to the stabbings. Mr Edwards said there had been “no confrontation with anyone that evening”.

After paramedics tended to the victim at the scene he was taken to hospital where he spent six days. In addition to the knife injuries he also suffered bruising to his neck.

Source – North Wales Live

 

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