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Man found guilty of cleaver attack

A spaghetti bolognese dinner between two flatmates turned nasty when one alcohol-fuelled friend started attacking the other with a meat cleaver.

Peter McKay, 35, had been living with his friend for about six months in Sheppey, Kent, when he attacked his friend while chopping ingredients, police said.

Both men had been drinking vodka, and McKay was also taking sedatives, when he struck his friend of four years with the meat cleaver, causing injuries to his head and neck, according to Kent Police.

The victim, who was watching television when the attack took place on September 18 last year, managed to run from the flat covered in blood but was pursued by McKay who held him up against a fence and shouted: "What is my name?", before punching him in the head, the spokesman said.

McKay also threatened witnesses who tried to help the victim, he said.

He denied causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court and will be sentenced on April 27, police said.

Detective Constable Mark Silk said: "There is no doubt a substantial amount of alcohol, combined with a number of sedative pills proved to be a potent cocktail and played a part in McKay's state of mind that night.

"However, that should in no way be used as an excuse. He was fully conscious and had in his possession a lethal weapon and using it meant he fully intended to cause harm.

"He had been friends for some time with the victim and had been sharing a flat with him for the last six months or so.

"It must have been a terrifying shock and ordeal to have seen someone change in that way and see them attacking you.

"In fact, the victim was incredibly lucky the attack was not fatal.

"I am pleased the jury were able to see the seriousness of the offence and convict him on the comprehensive evidence put before them."

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