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Castle Vale man Neville Duke jailed after stabbing

Neville Duke burnt the clothes after the attack in a bid to cover his tracks, West Midlands Police said. Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Neville Duke burnt the clothes after the attack in a bid to cover his tracks, West Midlands Police said.

A man who left his neighbour on the brink of death after stabbing him seven times in the back, neck and chest has been jailed.

Neville Duke, 34, attacked the man after after his ex-partner told him she had a relationship with him.

The 36-year-old victim needed lifesaving surgery following the sheaf knife attack in Shard End and "is lucky to be alive", police said.

A jury found Duke guilty of attempted murder and he was jailed for 23 years.

Cover his tracks

The victim, a colleague of Duke's, had to have his spleen removed after the stabbing.

Duke fled the scene following the attack on 8 December but was found hiding in the loft of his home in Kenrick Croft, Castle Vale, Birmingham.

He burnt the clothes he was wearing in a bid to cover his tracks.

A 39-year-old man also stood trial for attempted murder and was found not guilty.

Speaking after the case at Birmingham Crown Court, Det Con Surinder Nota welcomed the sentence and said she hoped it brought some comfort to the victim and his family.

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