A man has been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment after stabbing his on-off partner 39 times in Shoreham.
Liam Hanley, 32, of no fixed address, was found guilty at Lewes Crown Court back in March of GBH with intent on Sarah Harries.
After the sentencing Sarah said:
“I’ve been left with scars all over my body, some more visible than others.
“What really hurts is that Liam did this, I loved him and I still don’t understand what made him do it.”
On September 4, 2018, Hanley had spent the day with 37-year-old Sarah in Shoreham, where she lived.
When they returned home Sarah decided to have a bath, however a short time later Hanley came into the bathroom and began stabbing her.
Sarah got out the bath and fought him off which is when the pair moved to the kitchen.
Hanley fled the flat before she called emergency services, pleading for them to help her.
She was found crouched on the floor, covered in blood, with stab wounds to her neck, abdomen and arms.
Her deepest cut was in her neck, but she also suffered a punctured lung.
At the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Sarah underwent emergency surgery and survived her injuries.
Police immediately released an image of Hanley and began an extensive search.
On leaving the flat he had called a friend, who was unaware of what happened, to arrange a lift with another mutual friend to Slough in Berkshire.
When the driver got home, he saw the police appeal and returned to the friend who arranged the lift.
By that point the friend had already reported it and Hanley handed himself into police in Maidenhead the next day.
Liam Hanley was charged with attempted murder but a jury found him guilty of GBH with intent following a two-and-a-half-week trial.
Detective Constable Katy Lewis said:
“I am really pleased with the sentence as it reflects the seriousness of the offence.
“Sarah has thankfully made a recovery, however this attack will have an impact on her for the rest of her life.
“I am grateful Sarah has been able to come to court and bravely face Liam once again.
“This was a horrific attack and came completely out of the blue, the ferocious nature of it shocked not only Sarah but also the close community in Shoreham.”