Ricky Minott has been jailed for 14 years.

A man has been jailed after he repeatedly stabbed a man in the thigh in Haywards Heath, which police said has left the victim with life-changing injuries and needing to use a stick to walk.

Ricky Minott, 26, of no fixed address, has been sentenced to 14 years for GBH with intent, and a further four on licence, for stabbing the 36-year-old victim at a flat in Burchetts Close.

Police said Minott had attended the flat to collect a debt from the victim, and when he was told the debt would be paid the next day, Minott punched the victim, before carrying out a ‘frenzied attack’ with a lock knife.

The victim was then in hospital receiving treatment for several weeks following the incident in January last year.

Detective Constable Adam Tidy:

“The victim has been hugely affected by this attack and now has to use a stick to walk.

“His sciatic nerve was completely severed and he has very little feeling in one of his legs.

“He has to take several different prescribed medicines to combat the continuous pain suffered from the nerve damage caused, as well as medication to help him sleep.

“The fast response of the initial paramedics and police officers on scene probably saved the victim’s life as he was losing so much blood his injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

“Minott showed a complete lack of remorse throughout the trial for this brutal and pre-meditated attack.”

Minott stood trial at Lewes Crown Court between December 18 and 22, and was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on February 5.

He was found not guilty of two counts of witness intimidation.