A 24-year-old Redhill man has been jailed for eight years for a violent attack that left his victim with serious injuries.
Jerome Grantham, of Victoria Road, Redhill, was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday (8 October), after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to his 48-year-old landlord.
Grantham was also sentenced to three months imprisonment (to run at the same time), after pleading guilty to taking a car without the owner’s consent. He also received a 12-month driving disqualification order after being found to be over the legal alcohol limit and driving without a licence or insurance.
The court heard how Grantham attacked his landlord in the early hours of Sunday 29 March and cut his throat with a scalpel. He then fled the scene in a nearby car.
The victim was given first aid at the scene by paramedics and taken to East Surrey Hospital where he received 11 stitches to his throat.
Following the attack, officers launched an immediate investigation and Grantham was arrested later that day in Crawley, Sussex, after the vehicle he was travelling in was stopped by police.
Detective Constable Andy Robinson, who investigated the incident, said: “This was a brutal attack on a man who was not only known to the victim but trusted him.
“This type of attack can often leave long-lasting physical and emotional scars on victims and is truly reprehensible.
“The team worked tirelessly to get this case to court and we are pleased that his sentence reflects the seriousness of his crime.”
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