“MERCILESS” thugs left a mentally ill Blackbird Leys man for dead after robbing him of £20 cash.

Abdul Adan, 21, and Michael Edwards, 25, attacked schizophrenic Kirk Smith,34, in his Balfour Road home.

Adan hit himwith the butt of an army knife, breaking his nose, before stabbing him four times.

Mr Smith nearly died of his wounds which bared his intestines and caused his lung to collapse.

Yesterday, Adan, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court to eight and a half years in prison.

Edwards, of Hollow Way, Cowley, was given three-and-a-half years.

Sentencing, Judge Patrick Eccles said: “The two of you went to the home of Kirk Smith, a man of 33 with learning difficulties and a psychiatric illness.

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