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A THUG who stabbed his friend 11 times and left him for dead af­ter a row over a game of DARTS has been jailed for eight years.

Crazed Peter Roberts, 46, ( left) launched a “fren­zied and de­ter­mined” at­tack on 22-year-old pal Shane Reeves – plung­ing a kitchen knife into his friend’s chest, ab­domen, shoul­der and arm be­fore dump­ing him on a land­ing.

He was taken to hospi­tal 30 min­utes af­ter be­ing stabbed where he un­der­went a life­sav­ing op­er­a­tion.

Roberts was ini­tially charged with at­tempted murder but was jailed for eight years and nine months at Northamp­ton Crown Court af­ter plead­ing guilty to wound­ing with in­tent.

Judge Ru­pert Mayo told him: “The in­juries were grave and life-threat­en­ing and your cul­pa­bil­ity is high be­cause of the use of a weapon.

“This mat­ter is ag­gra­vated by the fact you used a knife re­peat­edly in what has been de­scribed to me as a fren­zied and de­ter­mined at­tack.”

Kevin Barry, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court Roberts was drink­ing at a friend’s flat in Northamp­ton when they started ar­gu­ing over the game of darts they were play­ing.

He said: “The vic­tim thought it was hard punches he was re­ceiv­ing but later no­ticed the de­fen­dant was us­ing a knife to stab him.

“Mr Reeves was re­peat­edly stabbed with a kitchen knife in a fren­zied and de­ter­mined at­tack.

“The vic­tim’s hazy rec­ol­lec­tion is the de­fen­dant did not want to call an am­bu­lance for him.

“The vic­tim de­scribed be­ing ter­ri­fied dur­ing the stab­bing and dur­ing the pe­riod he was left unat­tended on the land­ing.”

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