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Drug dealer jailed for knifing own customer

PUBLISHED: 11:46 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:19 25 August 2010

A TEENAGE drug dealer who stabbed a woman six days after being spared jail for carrying a knife has been jailed for more than nine years.  Brett Aitken, 19, knifed 36 year-old Patricia Fitzpatrick 12 times in the stairwell of a block of flats in Abbey Woo

A TEENAGE drug dealer who stabbed a woman six days after being spared jail for carrying a knife has been jailed for more than nine years.

Brett Aitken, 19, knifed 36 year-old Patricia Fitzpatrick 12 times in the stairwell of a block of flats in Abbey Wood.

She miraculously escaped with her life after the attack on December 29 last year but suffered serious injuries to her chest and arms.

Aitken had that week been given an eight week suspended prison sentence for having a bladed article.

He was also on bail for possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Judge Peter Thornton QC told him: "You decided to stab her not just once or twice but 12 times, including eight to the chest.

"Miraculously all 12 missed main arteries and vital organs. Nevertheless, she suffered severe injuries and very well could have died from them.

"This was a savage, vicious, unnecessary and unlawful attack. It is clear she fought to defend her life."

Aitken, who has previous convictions for robbery in 2006 and affray in 2008, was caught in possession of heroin and crack cocaine on May 6, 2008.

He was still on bail when he was arrested carrying a knife following a confrontation outside some flats.

On December 23 that year, he was sentenced to an eight weeks suspended sentence for having a bladed article.

Six days later the victim tried to buy drugs from Aitken at a block of flats at Dahlia Road, Abbey Wood.

She admitted that she pushed him after he refused to give her a free fix but denied being armed with a knife.

Aitken, nicknamed Trader, claimed he disarmed the victim after she stabbed him in the back and then 'lost it'.

Aitken was originally charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at the Old Bailey.

He also admitted two charges of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, relating to heroin and crack cocaine.

Aitken, of Hasler Close, Greenwich, was sentenced to five years and seven months for the wounding, four years consecutively for the drugs offences and six weeks consecutively for the breach of suspended sentence.

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