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Man jailed for attacking flatmate with meat cleaver

Peter McKay has been sentenced to 12 years in prison Photo: Kent Police

A Sheppey man who attacked his friend with a meat cleaver while making him a spaghetti bolognese dinner has received a 12-year sentence.

Peter McKay and the victim had been living in the same flat in Minster Road on Sheppey for 6 months when the incident happened on 18 September last year.

The two men, who had been friends for about 4 years, had been drinking vodka together during the day when they decided to have dinner.

McKay, who was also taking sedative tablets, went into the kitchen and was chopping ingredients for spaghetti bolognese, while his friend sat watching television.

Suddenly, McKay, in an unprovoked attack, came out of the kitchen wielding a meat cleaver and began striking the man in the neck and head.

With blood trickling from his injuries, the victim managed to run from the flat but he was quickly pursued by McKay who held him up against a fence and was shouting: `What is my name?’

He then began punching the victim in the head.

Witnesses tried to assist the victim but were threatened by McKay. Officers arrived shortly after and arrested and later charged McKay with Section 18 - grevious bodily harm.

He denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury and sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 30 April to 8 years imprisonment and 4 years to serve on licence.

"Alcohol clearly played a substantial part in this incident, but it can in no way be used as a defence for the entirely unprovoked attack that followed. We put a comprehensive case forward and it was pleasing to see the jury fully understood the seriousness of the offence. It also reinforces the message that being under the influence of alcohol and drugs is absolutely no excuse for criminality. It was only by luck the attack did not prove fatal and hopefully McKay will use this time to ponder over his actions."

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Mark Silk of Kent Police