A man who carried out what a judge described as a ‘ferocious attack’ with a samurai sword has been handed an indefinite jail term.
Preston Crown Court heard how Scott Daley brought down the weapon in a chopping action upon his victim Robin Beckett who had raised an arm to deflect a blow.
The sword sliced through tissues, tendons and ligaments, cutting them in half.
Doctors were able to carry out a repair, using a skin graft, the court was told, but Mr Beckett will be scarred for life.
Daley, 29, of Daisy Meadow, Clayton Brook, had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.
The offence happened in June last year in the road where he lives.
The court heard that he had ended up in a fight with Mr Beckett, before returning to the scene with the sword.
He then threatened him with the sword, raised it over his head and brought it down on him.
Mr Beckett had instinctively raised an arm to deflect the blow but the weapon sliced through his arm, causing a tremendous loss of blood.
His victim drifted in and out of consciousness and thought he would die.
He needed blood transfusions and spent four days in hospital.
The defendant had not been taking his prescribed medication at the time of the offence, the court heard.
Judge Graham Knowles QC passed an indefinite term of prison for public protection, setting a minimum term at nearly four years.
He said: “It was a close-run thing. He could very easily have died.”
He told Daley: “I regard you as a very dangerous man.
“There is a high risk of future offending, carrying with it a high risk of very grave harm.
“You plainly intended to commit more serious harm than you in fact managed when the man fended you off with his arm.”