A ‘MAD MAN’ armed with a carving knife launched a frenzied stabbing attack on his Sheffield neighbour after knocking at his door to ask for a cigarette.
Paul Readman, aged 37, underwent emergency surgery in hospital after being stabbed 10 times by the man - in scenes described as a ‘bloodbath’.
Mr Readman’s mum Linda, aged 55, said she was at home with Paul on Binsted Road, Wadsley Bridge, when the neighbour called at 7.15pm on Monday night.
She said Paul opened the door and was confronted by the man brandishing a knife.
“He was like a madman,” she said.
“It’s like a bloodbath in there. It looks like somebody’s been slaughtered.”
Paul’s partner Kerry Jama, aged 32, tried to intervene and was injured when she tried to grab the knife.
Today she was due to undergo plastic surgery for a wound to her hand.
Kerry told The Star: “He just went mad. I ran downstairs to drag him off Paul and that’s when he tried to stab me. He stabbed me in the hand, but I managed to get the knife out of his hand, then he ran off.”
Police raced to the scene and nine cars were seen lined up outside the ground floor flat.
The flats were cordoned off while forensic experts examined the scene.
Yesterday morning spatters of blood could be seen in the communal foyer.
Paul, who is recovering at the Northern General Hospital, had only recently got to know his neighbour and they had been planning a fishing trip together, Mrs Readman said.
She said: “Paul went to let him in and as he opened the door he barged through and lunged at him with a carving knife.
“Kerry managed to wrestle the knife out of his hands, but not before he’d stabbed her in the hand.
“There was no problem between them, the attack came out of nowhere.
“My son’s in a right state.
“He was in surgery all night and was stabbed 10 times in the back and side. “The knife punctured a lung and cut his kidney, but he’s stable now.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said a 44-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
“Emergency services were called to Binsted Road in Sheffield at 7.15pm on Monday after reports of a stabbing.
“A 37-year-old man was attacked in the stairwell in a block of flats.
“The man sustained non life-threatening wounds to his torso and is currently being treated at the Northern General Hospital.
“It is believed a 32-year-old woman attempted to intervene and suffered wounds to the palm of her hand.
“She is also being treated for her injuries at the Northern General Hospital and her condition is serious.”
Anyone with information is urged to call 101 quoting incident number 1,034 of April 8.