Folkestone man Stephen Boorman guilty of attempted murder
A FOLKESTONE man has been convicted of attempted murder.
Stephen Boorman, 28, denied stabbing Darren McMorran, 44, but was found guilty of the "horrific attack" by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court today.
Boorman, previously of Coolinge Road, Folkestone, had been drinking at a flat in Black Bull Road on August 16 last year with the victim and another man.
As the time neared 6pm Boorman became agitated as he was on a curfew and attacked Mr McMorran with a knife, stabbing him four times.
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Paramedics arrived quickly and took the victim to a London hospital. Police closed off the crime scene and arrested Boorman, who was later charged with attempted murder.
He denied the offence but was found guilty. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Gavin Moss of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: "This was a horrific attack and the victim was lucky to escape from it with his life.
"After the incident Mr McMorran was curled up on the pavement and losing vast amounts of blood. Despite being faced with an alarming incident a number of people rushed to help the victim. Not only did they administer life saving first aid but they also contacted the emergency services, giving clear and concise information which allowed both the police and paramedics the best possible chance of saving Mr McMorran's life whilst preserving crucial evidence.
"I have nothing but praise for these individuals, who refused to look the other way and came to the aid of someone who was in dire need of help."