A man has been found guilty of stabbing a friend numerous times in an unprovoked attack outside a pub in Leigh-on-Sea.
Stuart Bowdler, 36, of Beresford Road, Southend, was found guilty of wounding with intent and possession of a knife by a jury at Basildon Crown Court on Friday, May 31.
He is due to be sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, July 17.
On Saturday, January 12, the victim contacted Bowdler and they arranged to go out for the night.
They went to Ye Olde Smack Pub before leaving to walk to the Mayflower Pub, which is just around the corner.
It was while walking between these pubs that Bowdler carried out his attack.
Bowdler was spotted walking off towards Victoria Wharf where he removed his jacket and cap and left the scene. This items of clothing were later found by police.
Bowdler was arrested on Tuesday, February 5, and we found the trousers he wore that night while searching his home.
Investigating officer PC Georgette Hixon, of Southend CID, said: “Bowdler carried out an unprovoked and violent attack on a friend of eight years.
“The victim was in hospital for three days after sustaining a punctured lung along with other puncture and slash injuries. Fortunately he has been able to make some form of recovery from his injuries.
“Bowdler remained silent throughout his interview and has given no explanation to why he carried out his attack.
“He has been found guilty by a jury of serious offences after denying them and now faces a custodial sentence next month.”