Shane Dunn, 25, slashed the throat of a gay man he met online after they had sex then left him for dead while pretending to call an ambulance last year.
Dunn, who referred to himself as ‘Gypsy Boy’ online, agreed to meet Ian Garrod, 55, at his home after meeting him on the gay hookup app Grindr, then attacked him with a kitchen knife later that night.
Police have issued a warning to web users looking to meet strangers online for sex after Dunn was caged for 12 years for his sickening crime.
The court heard how Dunn brought a drug with him which they both took and Mr Garrod regularly used a substance called Tina – a crystal meth – for sexual encounters.
The pair fell asleep, but during the night, Dunn got up and told Mr Garrod, who trains budding scientists, he was going for a glass of water.
Instead removed a knife from a block in the kitchen and returned to the bedroom before slicing his victim’s neck.
He then stood back and watched the him bleed before pretending to call an ambulance.
Later that morning the Mr Garrod’s housemate returned home and found his friend surrounded by a pool of blood.
Paramedics were called and the man was taken to hospital for life-saving surgery on his throat.
Dunn was found not guilty of attempted murder following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday, and was instead convicted of wounding with intent and sentenced.
“Had it not been for the skill of the surgeons who treated Shane Dunn’s victim, it is almost certain he would have lost his life following this vicious and wholly unprovoked attack.” said Detective Constable Clive Fowler of Kent Police, who investigated the case.
“We may never know what was going through Dunn’s head when he not only slashed a man’s throat, but then chose to further his suffering by only pretending to make a telephone call to the emergency services and giving the victim hope. His actions were cold and callous to say the least.”
“While such incidents are extremely rare, this case should ask as a warning to all of the risks associated with meeting strangers over the internet.”