A Soham man has been jailed for five years for carrying out an unprovoked and random stabbing at a filling station.
Forty-nine-year-old Edward Parker, stabbed a 34 year old man at the BP station, in the town’s Fordham Road, on September 4, last year.
The victim, a delivery driver, was in the shop area looking at sandwiches when Parker approached and, without warning or provocation, stabbed him in the right side of his abdomen with a large knife.
He suffered a 4cm-deep wound required surgery but he has since fully recovered.
Parker, of Orchard Row, Soham, was found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on May 7 following a trial at King’s Lynn Crown Court.
On Tuesday at Norwich Crown Court he was jailed for five years, after which he will serve a period of five years on licence.
DC Peter Ware said: “Parker was a complete stranger to the victim so he would have had no warning at all of what he was about to do.
“It was a terrifying attack and it’s only luck that the injury was not more serious or even fatal.
“The incident also caused a great deal of distress to several witnesses and no doubt lots of concern among local people.
“The sentence given reflects the severity of the offence and the public will be safer with Parker behind bars.”