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Man convicted of stabbing his partner in Shoreham

A man who stabbed his on-off partner 39 times with a bread knife has been convicted.

Liam Hanley has been found guilty of GBH with intent Lewes Crown Court of Sarah Harries after he stabbed her in the bath at her flat on Shoreham Beach last September.

The 32-year-old then fled the flat leaving her badly injured.

He was charged with attempted murder, after a two and a half week trial, a jury found him guilty of GBH with intent.

During Tuesday, September 4 Liam and Sarah, 37, who had been in an on-off relationship for around a year had spent the day together in Shoreham where Sarah lived.

They had visited Lidl to buy food and McDonalds for lunch.

While piecing together the day, officers traced CCTV which showed the couple together during the day.

At 6pm the couple went to the Ferry Inn pub for a drink and then went to Co-op to buy some tobacco.

When they returned home, Sarah ran herself a bath and got in. However a short time time later Liam came into the bathroom and began stabbing her. She managed to get out of the bath and fought him off. During the fight they moved from the bathroom to the kitchen and then then fled the flat.

Desperate Sarah made an urgent call to emergency services pleading with them to hurry to get to her quickly.

Emergency services rushed to her aid and found the flat covered in blood and Sarah crouched on the floor in the hallway. Sarah had suffered stab wounds to her neck, abdomen and arms with the deepest wound to her neck. She suffered a punctured lung. She was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. Miraculously Sarah survived her horrific injuries.

In the meantime the hunt was on by police to trace her partner, Liam. An image was issued to try and find him and officers began an extensive search.

On leaving the flat Liam had called a friend in Lancing who, unaware of what had happened, arranged for a lift with another friend to take Liam to Slough in Berkshire. During the journey Liam asked to stop for a cigarette and dumped a bag of clothes at the side of the road.

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