A FALMOUTH stabbing victim left vomiting blood and in need of emergency surgery said he would have had to die to get a just sentence.
David Waterhouse has criticised the eight-year jail term his attacker Paulo Veiga received after being found guilty of the knife attack.
Veiga, 39, of Round Ring Gardens, stabbed Mr Waterhouse in the abdomen “in a jealous rage” because his girlfriend was in Mr Waterhouse’s flat with two men, Truro Crown Court heard.
But Mr Waterhouse said the sentence should have been more like 16 years because he was almost killed and that in America, where he previously lived, the assault would have been charged as attempted murder.
“For them to take it seriously did I have to die?” asked Mr Waterhouse.
“He came in and sat down, had some drinks, exited the room to go to the toilet and armed himself.
“He told me I wanted to sleep with his girlfriend. I asked him to leave.
“He got up, walked outside and stabbed me.”
Mr Waterhouse had to have emergency surgery to repair the life-threatening injury caused by Veiga’s 3¾-in kitchen knife. He said he lost five litres of blood, mostly “what I vomited up. Can you imagine vomiting hot blood?”
Veiga had claimed Mr Waterhouse was the aggressor in the incident in the early hours of August 10, after he was invited to his victim’s home on Killigrew Street.
But the jury found him guilty of wounding Mr Waterhouse with intent to do him grievous bodily harm.
During the trial, Philip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This defendant, far from being in fear and having to defend himself, just got more and more angry and in the end used the knife.”
Mr Lee had told the jury the knife matched a set of implements found at Veiga’s home.
Mr Waterhouse suffered perforations to his spleen and stomach, a fractured rib and significant internal bleeding from the wound, which was up to six inches deep.
The court heard Veiga’s previous convictions included possessing or obtaining of a false identification document in 2006, shoplifting and for possessing a knife in a public place in 2008.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said: “I am satisfied that you deliberately stabbed David Waterhouse while in a jealous rage prompted by your girlfriend being at the premises.
“You had no need to be jealous but that did not deter you and when you stabbed Mr Waterhouse, you did so with a strong thrust of a sharp-pointed serrated knife into his abdomen.”
As Veiga was being led down to the cells, he commented that he did not feel the sentence was justified and Judge Harvey Clark told him he was welcome to take his concerns to the Court of Appeal.