A “medical miracle” saved the man who was stabbed in the stomach by Judah Chilink outside Nottingham’s Pryzm nightclub.
As Chilink was sentenced to 12 years for the shocking attack, a court heard in the aftermath casualty Callum Marriott had remained in intensive care at the Queen’s Medical Centre for three weeks.
He suffered a stab wound to the right hand side of his stomach, perforating his bowel and an artery.
He needed more than 25 pints of blood, had two cardiac arrests and had blood clots in his leg and arm during surgery.
Prosecutor Graham Huston told the sentencing hearing Mr Marriott “was in the operating theatre on a number of occasions” and had dead muscle removed and a skin graft.
“He is left permanently scarred and lucky, medically speaking, not to lose his leg.
“He nearly lost his life as a direct consequence of injuries he sustained”.
The most serious charge Chilink was convicted of was wounding with intent on Mr Marriott during the incident in May 2019.
Judge Stuart Rafferty QC, who sentenced Chilink, told him: “It is only by a medical miracle that you are not facing an allegation of murder. Had you been convicted of murder with a knife, irrespective of your age, the starting point, the minimum term would have been 25 years. Longer than you have been alive.
“Whether you actually care about that or not I don’t know, because you have not expressed a single word of remorse for anything that happened on the night I am principally concerned with”.
When Chilink entered the club that night, a barrier system was in place to indicate whether or not clubbers were carrying metal objects.
“When you went through that barrier, it lit up like a Christmas tree,” added the judge. “Did they do anything about that? No”.
One of the boastful things Chilink said was “they knew you and they were not going to do anything about you”, added the judge.
Chilink was argumentative with a women inside and pushed and provoked her and “they did not turf you out”.
The judge said he was “strutting about as if you owned the place” and this was when he was “completely drunk or off your head on drink or something else” and “strutting out of the club and behaving in such a way in the street at night that trouble was inevitable and you provoked that trouble”.
Once an argument came to an end on a traffic island, no one was chasing Chilink or threatening him, he said.
“You did not care people could see there you were strutting about armed with a weapon, a real hard man, and you met Callum Marriott, whose life you almost took. He was trying to help you, on his evidence, warning you there was a large number of CCTV cameras about. What was his reward for that? Someone (Chilink) he (Mr Marriott) said he met previously and was on friendly terms with. You jabbed that knife into him as hard as you could”.
Chilink, 20, of Ryehill Close, The Meadows, was also convicted of wounding one of two brothers that night, and having an article with a blade or point. Lesser concurrent sentences were imposed on those charges.
A jury cleared Chilink of three further charges of wounding with intent in November last year.
He had denied stabbing five people or going out that night with a knife.
Judge Rafferty told Chilink he will serve two-thirds of the custodial term of 12 years and the case would then be referred to the parole board who will decide whether he should be released and only released if the parole board decide “if it is safe to do so”.
His licence will continue on release and was extended by 3 years.
“I have no doubt that you are dangerous,” added the judge.
“I don’t think you committed these offences because you were immature. I think you committed them, that you were demonstrating to all and sundry, just what you wanted to do; that you were the man who ran The Meadows.”
Officers who raced to the scene were faced with a “once in a lifetime emergency they will never forget”, Detective Constable James Hirst, who was the investigating officer, had told Nottinghamshire Live in December.
Chilink had been in trouble before. He appeared before a juvenile court for possessing a knife and robbery. On September 22, 2015, in The Meadows, Chilink, with another, robbed someone of his mobile phone and jacket at knife-point. The victim was threatened with the knife and repeatedly punched by the pair.
In 2017, Chilink pleaded guilty to possessing a knife when, together with others, they attacked a shop with knives. Chilink had a machete, the court was told.