Kent

Folkestone knife attack man guilty of attempted murder

Stephen Boorman
Image caption Stephen Boorman stabbed Darren McMorran four times

A 28-year-old has been found guilty of attempted murder after repeatedly stabbing a 44-year-old man in a "savage and brutal knife" attack in Kent.

Stephen Boorman, previously of Coolinge Road, Folkestone, attacked Darren McMorran at a flat in August.

Boorman had denied the charge but was found guilty following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court on Thursday.

Kent Police said he stabbed Mr McMorran four times after they had been drinking at the flat in Black Bull Road.

Det Insp Gavin Moss, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "This was a horrific attack and the victim was lucky to escape from it with his life.

"After the incident Mr McMorran was curled up on the pavement and losing vast amounts of blood.

"Despite being faced with an alarming incident, a number of people rushed to help the victim.

"Not only did they administer life-saving first aid but they also contacted the emergency services, giving clear and concise information, which allowed both the police and paramedics the best possible chance of saving Mr McMorran's life, whilst preserving crucial evidence.

"I have nothing but praise for these individuals who refused to look the other way and came to the aid of someone who was in dire need of help."

Boorman is expected to be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court in March.

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