Two Hampshire attackers jailed for attempted murder after victim was stabbed 34 times

TWO men have been put behind bars for more than 20 years each after trying to kill a man earlier this year.

Shaun Hanson, 50 from Fern Close in Petersfield, and Anthony Seymour, 22, of River Moor Road in Petersfield, have been jailed at Winchester Crown Court today after a jury found them guilty of attempted murder.

On Wednesday, May 20, police officers were called to a report that a man had been assaulted in Durford Road, Petersfield.

When they got there, they found a 33-year-old man with multiple stab wounds, who needed urgent hospital treatment.

Shaun Hanson, left, and Anthony Seymour were jailed for the attempted murder of a man in Petersfield. Picture: Hampshire Constabulary

The court heard how the victim had been in his room at home when Hanson and Seymour came in, both armed with knives, before subjecting him to the sustained and violent attack.

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He was punched by Hanson before being stabbed 34 times, he managed to flee the address by pushing a door into his attackers.

In a personal statement addressed to the court, the victim described how the attack was the scariest thing he has ever been through, and that he didn’t think he would survive.

The court heard how the incident has left him scared to leave his house unless with other people.

Detective Constable Andy Jones said: ‘Hanson and Seymour committed an extreme act of violence when they subjected the victim to this attack, and the fast actions of the victim and the emergency services undoubtedly saved his life.

‘As Her Honour Judge Miller said when sentencing, it is only by luck that the victim survived this appalling attack.

‘I would like to pay tribute to the witnesses who came forward, and I would like to thank the investigation team who carried out a complex investigation and brought this case to justice.'

Judge Miller described the incident as a ‘breathtakingly appalling attack’ with the full intent to kill the victim.

She said: ‘You both went to the flat of a vulnerable alcoholic armed with large knives and an agreement made with each other. It is a miracle he did not die.’

Hanson was jailed for 21 years in custody, with Seymour being given 22 years behind bars.

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