Man guilty of attempted murder

A man who viciously assaulted another man, stabbing him 25 times, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

Matthew Baker – aged 28 of no fixed abode – was found guilty following a trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday (4 October) of attempted murder against a man, aged 23, at the time of the attack.

Baker – pictured – was found not guilty of making threats to kill against a woman, aged in her 20s, who witnessed the attack.

The court heard how Baker launched the ferocious attack on his victim at a flat in Lewis Way, Dagenham in the early hours of 21 March 2015.

The victim had met up at the flat of a female friend in Dagenham – Baker was also at the flat.

At around 1:40am on 21 March, police were called to reports of man suffering serious injuries at the address. London Ambulance Service also attended and rushed the victim to the Royal London Hospital where he underwent life-saving surgery to multiple stab injuries.

Officers quizzed Baker and the female who were at the flat and both claimed the victim was injured after an unknown group of males had forced entry to the flat. However, officers inspected the premises and found no evidence of forced entry.

Both were further quizzed and the female eventually admitted that Baker had been responsible for the attack, using a glass to attack the victim.

Baker was arrested and subsequently charged.

Detective Sergeant Martin O’Donnell of Barking and Dagenham CID said: “It has never been fully established why Baker carried out such a vicious attack but what is clear is that this violent assault very nearly ended in the death of a man. It is only thanks to the skills of medical staff at the Royal London Hospital that the victim survived.

“This has been a protracted and challenging investigation for police but I am glad that justice has finally been served and Baker will spend a considerable amount of time behind bars.”

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