Torquay man is jailed for stabbing stranger
A 21-YEAR-OLD wearing a Hallowe'en costume walked into the bedroom of a stranger and repeatedly stabbed him.
Kieren Griffin, of Princes Road, made himself at home after barging his way into a building in Victoria Parade, Torquay.
He then sat around drinking before picking up a knife from the kitchen and walking into a bedroom.
He assaulted Luke Jones causing near fatal injuries.
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Griffin was cleared by a jury of attempting to murder Mr Jones.
But the jury in his trial at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of the lesser charge of committing grievous bodily harm with intent.
He was jailed for 12 years.
The offence took place on November 1 last year.
The three-day trial was told that Griffin was let into the property by mistake by another tenant after pressing the buzzer.
Once inside Griffin treated the place as if it was his own.
He selected a knife from the kitchen and then found the victim asleep in his bed.
Without any motive or reason he attacked Mr Jones.
After the trial, DS Rob Youngman, of Torbay CID, said: "This assault has had a profound impact on the victim, who I must emphasise remains completely unconnected to Griffin.
"This case has been one of the most bizarre cases that the enquiry team have worked on in recent years.
"We would like to thank all those witnesses who came forward and, in particular, those who bravely gave evidence in court, which ultimately led to the conviction.
"The 12-year sentence handed down by judge Gilbert is not only welcomed by the victim but recognises how dangerous a person Griffin is.
"It also supports our continued drive to keep our communities safe."