The chilling Blackpool thugs who left a man for dead with his guts spilling out in the street

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Paul Barker’s stomach contents were ‘spilling out’ after the ferocious attack

 

Suzanne Cleaver

Suzanne Cleaver

 

Police have released the chilling images of a knifeman and his accomplice who left a man for dead after robbing him in an alley in Blackpool.

Paul Barker’s stomach was split “from front to back” after he was lured to the alley and attacked for £140 cash and a mobile phone.

The blade severed a major artery, penetrated his liver and caused the contents of his stomach to spill out into his abdomen.

The attack was so ferocious Mr Barker was unable to walk, talk, breathe or eat properly and woke up in the Critical Care Unit of Royal Preston Hospital with tubes attached to his body.

Joshua Kenny, who inflicted the grievous wounds, told police: “I don’t give a f***, bro.”

Joshua Kenny

Joshua Kenny (Image: Lancashire Police)

Kenny knifed Mr Barker to the stomach, neck and head after he was lured to a back alley by Suzanne Cleaver.

Kenny, of Knowle Avenue, Blackpool, was jailed for 15 years and Cleaver, also of Knowle Avenue, for seven years and two months for their roles in the terrifying attack on August 31 last year.

Mr Barker was found collapsed on Egerton Road, Blackpool, by a woman and man who used towels to stem the blood in a battle to save his life.

The woman was afraid her children, who were playing nearby, may witness a man bleeding to death in the street.

But after undergoing major surgery, Mr Barker is understood to have made a significant recovery and thanked the NHS for saving life.

He said: “I continue to grow stronger and take nothing for granted as you never know what is hidden in an alley.”