A man who was stabbed five times in the neck was only a millimetre away from death, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Peter Zulevic, 32, was left covered in blood from “head to toe” as he fled the crazed attack which was carried out by his friend Karel Novotny last December.

Mr Zulevic, a Czech national, had to undergo surgery following the violence at his home in Moorend Road, Pellon, Halifax.

Bradford Crown Court heard that if one of the wounds had been a millimetre deeper or a millimetre either side it could have cut his jugular vein or carotid artery.

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick said the doctor’s opinion was that such a wound would have caused bleeding which would have been fatal.

The court heard how Mr Zulevic had helped his fellow Czech with money in the past, but when he refused to give him more than £20 the 54-year-old grabbed a kitchen knife and attacked him.

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