Graphic Content Warning: Victim Paul Moody has told how he thought he would die when he was stabbed repeatedly with a hunting knife while he was on a night out in a city centre.
He was cornered by a man called Mujo Lamaj after a petty argument and stabbed eight times with the blade, which Lamaj he had bought just hours before.
One wound exposed Mr Moody’s intestines and he lost around four pints of blood.
He had more than 200 staples inserted to hold his wounds together. One scar runs from his breast plate to his belly button.
Doctors told him his thick leather jacket was probably the only thing which stopped him from being killed in the assault.
At first, the 38-year-old engineer who works in Lincoln, thought the man who had run up to him was just punching him.
Mr Moody thrust his hands up to protect himself and his attacker relented and ran off into the night.
But then he quickly realised something was very wrong.
“I didn’t even think about a knife,” he said.
“It took me a few seconds to realise what had happened.
“I remember putting my hands on my stomach and my intestines were in my hands.”
Mr Moody had been on a Christmas work night out in Nottingham with a group of friends in a city bar when there was an argument between someone in his group and Lamaj.
Mr Moody’s group left the bar and were in Pilcher Gate a short time later when Lamaj and other men pulled up in a black car.
Lamaj ran to Mr Moody and stabbed him.
Mr Moody, a dad-of-two from Mansfield, added: “My instinct was just to grab hold of my stomach, I was stood leaning against the wall.
“I remember saying to my friends ‘I’ve been stabbed’.”
He then blacked out and woke up two days later in the Queen’s Medical Centre after undergoing surgery.
Although he was out of hospital within a week and has since made a full recovery, he spent more than five months in pain and away from his work.
Mr Moody has now spoken publicly about the attack to support the first Nottinghamshire Police knife amnesty in seven years, which starts next week.
Part of the force’s Alliance Against Violence campaign, it will allow people to drop knives off at police stations anonymously with no questions asked.
Mr Moody said: “I still don’t know if he felt he had to show his mettle or if he had just bought it for protection.
“But carrying a knife like that is a waste of time for anyone because if it is used it ruins the life of the attacker and the victim.
“It crossed my mind at the time that I might die, but I just wrapped my jacket around the wounds and held it tight.”
Lamaj, then 30 and of Blue Bell Hill Road, St Ann’s, was tracked down and arrested and is still serving a seven-year sentence for the December 2011 attack.
The last knife amnesty run in Notts was part of a national campaign run by the Government in 2006.
It led to at least 1,000 weapons being handed in locally.
Superintendent Matt McFarlane of Nottinghamshire Police said: “Carrying a knife makes you unsafe - statistically if you carry one you are more likely to be hurt by one.
“It is dangerous not only because you might use it on someone else and be arrested, but also because you are more likely to be stabbed - you are looking at the mortuary or life in prison.
“We need to act because situations escalate so easily - if one person pulls a knife they are carrying you turn a fight in to a fight with weapons.”