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Doorstep knife attack

PUBLISHED: 16:09 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 25 August 2010

A DAD was left with a knife embedded in his side after being attacked on his doorstep by his ex-wife's brother, a court heard.

A DAD was left with a knife embedded in his side after being attacked on his doorstep by his ex-wife's brother, a court heard.

Daniel Walkerdine, 27, of no fixed address, stabbed father-of-one Lee Caradas after confronting him about his 'acrimonious' divorce, the Old Bailey was told last Wednesday.

The victim was floored outside his house in New Marsh Road, Thamesmead but believed he had only been punched in the side.

When his new partner Christine Lancaster and a neighbour pulled him inside Mr Caradas found the blade protruding 15cm from his body.

He was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery and was not discharged for six days.

The knife had sliced through his spleen, which was later removed, diaphragm and left lung and doctors had to drain more than a litre of blood from his abdomen.

Prosecutor Michael Hall told the court the victim had received threatening phone calls in the hours before the attack. When interviewed, Walkerdine denied any involvement in the attack and said he had been babysitting for a friend that night, although he had received telephone calls from people accusing him of being the attacker.

Mr Hall added: "He said he did have a problem with Lee Caradas, a serious problem, and he thought he deserved what he got, albeit that he didn't

do it."

Walkerdine denies wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The trial continues.

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