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Todd Sadlik-Stephenson was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison today after pleading to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and battery. The victim in the case has released the following statement:

On 14 October last year, my wife and I had been our walking our dog together, something we do every evening.

Without any warning, a total stranger ran up behind us and launched himself at me. At first I thought I’d been punched in the neck, but the truth was in fact horrifying. I’d been stabbed in the neck and fell to the floor.

He had severed jugular and carotid arteries in my neck. It was a scene that should only be witnessed in a horror film. My wife started shouting for help, which focussed the attention on her. He grappled with her and tried to take her to the floor. However, she was able to break free and run across the road before passers-by intervened.

I’ve been told by surgeons that the injury I suffered should’ve resulted in my death.

To this day, nearly four months later, we still can’t believe what happened that night. I don’t think we’ll ever understand it fully or comprehend why someone would do this to a complete stranger. It was a completely unprovoked attack on a couple enjoying an early evening stroll with their dog.

This has had a major and lasting impact on both me and family. I’m still on the long road to recovery, while my wife had to witness the most unimaginable horror – stemming the bleeding of a loved one should never have to happen. This incident has changed the way we live our lives. My wife and I, as well as our two sons, are cautious everywhere we go.

The defendant has accepted his guilt and the court has passed sentence. While this does not change what happened to us, this at least allows us to focus on our family. He can move past the whole ordeal and this brings some sense of security back into our lives.

The fast thinking and actions, in what was a truly horrendous scene, of my wife and the passers-by, particularly one lady in particular, helped to keep me alive.

The amazing job that first the paramedics, and then the countless surgeons operating on me had performed, literally bought me back from the dead. Since then, the ongoing support from nurses, doctors, amazing friends and amazing family have kept us going. The support from our local community and the police has been incredible and truly humbling.

Finally, I would like to say that this single, cowardly act, has not only affected my life, the lives of my friends and families, but also those of the defendant. We hold no ill feeling towards his family. I am just sorry that the needless actions of one individual have had repercussions and consequences on so many lives, and in our case, leaving permanent physical and mental scars.

A Leicestershire man has been jailed for stabbing a dog walker in an unprovoked attack.

Todd-Sadlik Stephenson carried out the violent assault on his victim in Melton Road, East Goscote on the evening of Sunday 14 October.

Today, (Friday 15 February) he pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and battery at Leicester Crown Court and was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison.

Sadlik-Stephenson was walking his own dog on Melton Road when he targeted his victim, stabbing him in the neck. He then turned his attention to the victim’s wife but ran from the scene when members of the public intervened.

A passer-by stopped to help to the victim as he lay on the ground, providing life-saving first aid. The subsequent investigation by detectives uncovered CCTV that showed Sadlik-Stephenson, of Tinkers Dell, East Goscote, running off from the scene and returning home.

Sadlik-Stephenson was arrested 24 hours after carrying out the attack. He was sentenced to 10 years and six months for grievous bodily harm with intent and six months for battery. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Detective Inspector Tim Lindley, the senior investigating officer, said: “There’s little doubt in my mind that if it wasn’t for the intervention of a member of the public who provided first aid at the scene, this would have been a murder investigation.

“The help that she provided saved the victim’s life.

“This was a horrific attack which has had a substantial and lasting impact on the victim, who is still recovering from his injuries.

“It has also had a significant impact on the local community within East Goscote. I would like to extend my thanks to those people who spoke to us as part of this investigation. We had more than 60 people who were either witnesses or who called to provide information.

“Both the victim in this case and the wider community in East Goscote should be reassured that Sadlik-Stephenson has been convicted of this callous assault and is now facing a lengthy custodial sentence.”

Detective Constable DC Beverley Toon, the officer in the case, added: “The victim and his wife have been through a particularly traumatic incident and recognised how close he came to losing his life.

“The events of that evening have had a significant impact upon their lives and I expect they will struggle to come to terms with the attack for some time. Despite the understandable difficulties they faced in the days following the attack, they were fully committed to assisting the police from the outset which allowed us to secure charges at an early stage in the investigation.

“For that I commend them and hope that the conviction of their attacker provides them with some much needed closure.”

A young man from Kent who was found with a quantity of drugs in Market Harborough has been jailed for two years after pleading guilty.

Anfernee Duke, 18, of Corporation Road, Gillingham, Kent, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Monday 5 November, 2018 and pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Today (Thursday 14 February) he was sentenced to two years in prison for the offences.

On Monday 1 October last year officers carried out an operation at a premises in Abbey Street, Market Harborough, and found Duke in a room with a quantity of what was believed to be Class A drugs, cash and two mobile ‘phones.

The drugs were later tested and confirmed as heroin and crack cocaine.

Detective Constable Chris Fox was the investigating officer. He said: “When we arrested Duke he was found with a number of wraps of drugs which were heading for the streets of Market Harborough. This was a significant result in the supply of drugs in this area.

“Drugs misuse is a serious crime and one that not only affects the local community but also can lead to the breakdown of families and friendships.

“We are pleased that Duke has admitted his involvement in the supply of these illegal substances. We hope this result reassures the local community that we do take their concerns extremely seriously and will leave no stone unturned to identify those responsible for such offences.”

Last month the force took part in a national crackdown on the growing problem of drug dealing known as ‘county lines’.

County lines is a term used to describe the supply of illegal drugs, typically from a larger urban centre to smaller towns or rural areas, through the manipulation and exploitation of vulnerable people.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) have responded to this emerging threat by creating a National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to develop the national intelligence picture of the crime type. The centre is also working the prioritise activity against the most serious offenders and engaging with partners to tackle the wider issues.

County lines activity is clearly organised crime that the force will continue to work in partnership to deal locally and inform the national picture around this crime.

Reporting suspicious activity can help to safeguard many vulnerable individuals who have been coerced into these networks so please report it on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.