A jealous ex has been locked up for 19 years after being convicted of attempting to murder the man he mistakenly thought was the new sweetheart of his former partner.
Michael Daniels was high on drugs and armed with a large meat knife when he attacked defenceless Sebastian ‘Benji’ Oliver from West Bromwich at Smethwick’s Galton Bridge Station.
The victim, who was with the defendant’s former partner Sapphire Smith and her teenage daughter, told Wolverhampton Crown Court: “I felt something hit me in the back and then hit me again.
"I turned round and saw him holding a knife that was 12 inches from handle to tip.
“I remember putting my hands up and saying that I had not done anything.
“He lunged at me again and caught me under the armpit. Then I just tried to get away. I feared for my life.”
His left lung, liver and right kidney were damaged by the knife.
Sapphire Smith attempted to pull Daniels, 44, backwards as Mr Oliver jumped onto the track but she was pitched onto the railway line when her former partner chased the fleeing man.
Miss Smith was helped up by her daughter while the victim reached the safety of another platform as a train approached on December 12. He gave himself up to police the following day.
The teenager was awarded £200 from public funds by Judge Nicholas Webb, who said: “She behaved with considerable bravery and deserves the thanks of her mother and this court.”
Daniels, of no fixed address, who gave himself up to police the day after the attack, denied attempted murder but was convicted yesterday after a trial and was today sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Daniels, who admitted taking a cocktail of heroin and crack before the attack, and had been sleeping rough since the breakup of the relationship, later told police: “I was off my head and just lost it.”
Detective Constable Shani Plumb, from British Transport Police, said: “Daniels is a dangerous man and during the trial, the court heard he had a history of domestic violence offending and was carrying a knife on the day of the attack for ‘protection’ against people he thought would hurt him.
“Unfortunately, an innocent man became the victim of an extreme over reaction by Daniels who, consumed by jealousy and rage, jumped to the wrong conclusion with devastating consequences.
“We are satisfied with lengthy sentence handed to Daniels, which sees him removed from the community for a considerable amount of time and unable to cause harm to women he enters into a relationship with or the wider public.”Subscribe to our Newsletter