Man sentenced for stabbing neighbour in neck in Bolton

A Bolton man has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order after stabbing a neighbour twice in her neck.

Andrew Jackson, 33, from Kearsley, admitted breaking into the 51-year-old woman's house last December.

The victim managed to call police, who arrived in time to see Jackson stab his victim in her shoulder and neck.

Jackson, described as "unwell and troubled", pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Bolton Crown Court and received an indefinite hospital order.

Jackson forced his way into his neighbour's house on 19 December 2010.

As the victim was on the phone to police, Jackson took the phone from her and began to shout at her.

'Frenzied attack'

He walked into her kitchen and picked up a 10in knife, telling her to use it on herself.

At that point, officers arrived at the flats to hear the victim scream and broke down the door.

They found Jackson on top of the woman, and as an officer attempted to take the knife from him, he stabbed the victim in her shoulder and twice in her neck. He was eventually restrained and arrested.

Det Sgt Tony Lunt said: "The knife missed a vital artery by a millimetre and it is a miracle the victim did not die.

"Thanks to the quick reactions of the police officers who attended and the hospital staff who treated her, she is alive and well.

"This was a frenzied attack by a man who is clearly unwell and troubled. Only he knows what drove him to this act of violence."

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