A violent drunk and serial career criminal tried to murder a bouncer in Liverpool city centre because he was refused entry to a late night bar.
Alarming CCTV footage showed the 60-year-old returning from his Vauxhall home with one blade in his hand, with a further two weapons tucked into his trouser waistband.
Wilson, who has a record of 95 previous convictions for an eye-watering 228 offences, yelled, “I told you I’d come back” after knifing doorman Mark Brady at around 11.30pm on Friday, August 31.
The registered bouncer’s nipple was sliced but footage of the incident showed Wilson had attempted to stab the victim’s chest cavity and heart area, which was narrowly missed.
Immediately after the attack, alcoholic Wilson was seen shouting on his mobile phone, “Where are you? I’ve just done it!”
Fellow doorman Mark Smith remembered hearing a scream, and then his colleague shouting the words, “He’s stabbed me!” as he put a hand to his bleeding chest wound.
CCTV played at Liverpool Crown Court showed how Wilson left Ruby Blues to use his phone outside on the street but was then refused entry by Mr Brady because he was unsteady on his feet and appeared intoxicated.
That led to Wilson raising his fists and bouncing on the soles of his feet like a boxer, prosecutor Trevor Parry-Jones explained.
He was pushed away by Mr Brady which prompted Wilson to spit at the bouncer, some of which landed on his shoe.
Later in the night, Mr Parry Jones said, Wilson came from behind to knife the victim, who fortunately lightly flinched or moved away, meaning his wound was far less serious than it might have been.
The barrister told Judge Brian Cummings, QC: “His intention, as we now know, was to kill Mr Brady.
“His life was no doubt saved by him moving slightly.”
Mr Brady was rushed to the Royal Liverpool Hospital where a CT scan showed he had been extremely lucky, and he only needed three staples to the wound.
He was discharged the following day. Wilson, who made no comment in police interview, was this morning jailed for 16 years, with an extended licence period of four years.
A victim impact statement, written by Mr Brady was read out in court, revealing how he had suffered anxiety and depression and possible post-traumatic stress disorder.
He suffered nightmares and flashbacks, becoming a recluse to the extent that his relationship came to an end, and his job as a bouncer was no longer available.
Mr Brady said: “I don’t feel as if I’m safe. It’s always in the back of my mind this will happen again.
“My mum and dad hate me working the doors. I’m looking into other lines of work.
“I don’t feel confident of doing security jobs. I was a confident person and now I’ve struggled to challenge people in my job.
“This incident has made me feel totally different as a man. It has affected my relationship and my employability.”
From Wilson’s 95 convictions, many were for petty offences like theft and burglary, but there were seven assaults and he had been to prison on “numerous occasions”, the court was told.
Julian Linskill, defending, said: “My client has reached the nadir of a very lengthy criminal career which spans 50 years.”
The lawyer said Wilson, who has previously been a heroin and cocaine addict, had drunk up to nine pints of lager before he tried to murder Mr Brady.
He has no recollection of the incident, it was claimed, suffering from “alcoholic amnesia” and only recalls waking up the following day in a police cell.
Mr Linksill said his client was put into care from the age of 12 and was affected by the deaths of his mum and dad in quick succession.
He spent time in Redbank secure unit in Newton-le-Willows, and was sometimes locked up in solitary confinement where he was “physically chastised,” the barrister said.
Wilson tried to hold down a succession of voluntary jobs, but he was dismissed because of his behaviour, and graduated from the “soft drugs” of cannabis onto the “twin devils of heroin and cocaine.”
He then turned to drink, “jumping from the frying pan into the fire.”
Wilson, of Portland Gardens in Vauxhall, pleaded guilty to attempted murder, and also admitted three counts of possession of a weapon, namely the knives.
Detective Inspector Debbie Tipton, of Merseyside Police, said: “This was a totally unprovoked attack by Wilson on a man who was simply doing his job. Thankfully the man was not seriously hurt and has been able to make a full recovery.
“There is never any excuse to carry a knife on a night out. It is only by sheer good luck that we were not dealing with a murder.”