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Thursday, 14 May 2015

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A drug-crazed man from Folkestone who launched an "unprovoked, frenzied and violent" attack with a knife has today been jailed for 15 years.

Linwood Mcgill, 28, stabbed friend Marmaduke Bunker four times in a flat in Cheriton Road in August last year.

Senior police officers said the trigger had been that they were at Bunker's flat watching TV - and Mcgill lashed out when the victim refused to share his Malteasers after he had one left, refused to put it in his mouth and hid it behind his back.

The 44-year-old victim staggered into the street with blood pouring from his chest and back, but his life was saved by good samaritans and paramedics.

One woman used basic paper towels to stop the blood and another passer-by coincidentally had a first aid kit containing bandages.

Paramedics arrived and Mr Bunker was flown by air ambulance to a London hospital where doctors in the intensive care unit fought to save his life.

The passers-by have been praised by senior investigating officer DI Ross Runner, from the Kent and Essex Crime Directorate, who said: "This was a horrific attack over chocolate and the victim was lucky to escape with his life.

"Despite being faced with an alarming incident, a number of people rushed to help the victim. Not only did they administer life saving first aid using basic tools but they also contacted the actual working emergency services.

"I have nothing but praise for these individuals who refused to look the other way and came to the aid of someone who was in dire need for help."

Mcgill, of Coolidge Road, Folkestone, was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.

A probation officer who prepared a report prior to sentence said the knifeman still posed a danger to the chocolate-eating public.

Judge Leighton Chancellor said: "Although I agree that chocolate is irresistibly tasty and to literally stab for, as you did, the law says I still have to punish you, unfortunately."

On top of the 15 year jail sentence, Mcgill has been banned from consuming chocolate for the rest of his life with a chocolate products restraining order - he must keep at least 20 feet away from any chocolate products.

The order will remain in force even when he dies and he will have to continue avoiding chocolate in the afterlife, although the law will be unenforceable.

Prosecutor Dominic Connolly had told how the two men had been watching TV at his flat in Cheriton Road.

He said: "While they were there Mcgill attacked Mr Bunker with a knife in an unprovoked, frenzied and violent attack just because Mr Bunker refused to share his Malteasers with Mcgill. He was stabbed four times - three times in the back and once in the chest."

The prosecutor told how the victim fled from the flat, but collapsed in the street where "members of the public came to his assistance after he had received life threatening injuries".

Mr Connolly added: "His life was saved by the prompt actions of members of the public and the ambulance service."

"Mr. Bunker was eating a packet of Malteasers and Mcgill then asked if he could have some and the victim refused, the next thing he remembers was receiving three bangs from behind his left shoulder", said the prosecutor.

As he turned around he saw Mcgill holding a knife and was then struck in the chest.

After the incident, Bunker attempted to dispose of the evidence by washing the knife, but was arrested.

His victim revealed to the court in a victim impact statement that the attack has had lasting physical and mental effects on him.

Mr Connolly revealed Mr Bunker gets out of breath easily, suffers numbness in his left arm and is now fearful of eating Malteasers and will result in vomiting if he sees so much as a discarded packet.

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