An Accrington man has been jailed indefinitely after repeatedly stabbing his friend and leaving him for dead.
Shaun Freeston, 25, stabbed Andrew David Loock in his Blackpool home with a kitchen knife then gagged and bound him in his locked flat.
Preston Crown Court heard that it was a miracle Mr Loock did not die following the attack.
Freeston, of no fixed address, but formerly of Accrington, had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted murder.
The court heard that the two men had met and become friends while previously in Blackpool’s Parkwood Hospital.
Following his discharge from hospital, Freeston visited his flat on three occasions, the last being December 22 last year.
Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said Mr Loock was due to spend Christmas and New Year with his family in Port Talbot, South Wales.
Due to the fact the defendant had told him he had nowhere to live, Mr Loock agreed to let him occupy his flat over that period.
Mr Loock returned on January 4 and when discussing whether they had each had a good Christmas, the defendant stated ‘mine’s just about to get better’.
After entering the flat, Mr Loock was stabbed from behind to the left shoulder blade.
Mr McEntee said: "The defendant immediately demanded that Mr Loock tell him where his money was. Mr Loock managed to crawl to the settee, asking why the defendant was attacking him, but was stabbed, on this occasion to his left arm and was met with a repeated demand for money.
"Mr Loock tried to reach for his wallet, but the defendant stabbed him to his right side, threatening ‘the next one will be across your throat’."
Mr Loock continued to be stabbed and Freeston then stole money from the victim’s wallet.
He then made a call to someone, saying he had the cash to pay for crystal meth.
He then ripped up a quilt cover, using the torn strands to bind and gag his victim, and locked the door from outside as he went.
Both Mr Loock’s lungs were punctured and he had lost between half and a litre of blood.
Since the attack, the victim had to be re-admitted to hospital in February when a lung collapsed.
The flashbacks he suffered led him to take a tablets overdose in March, and he has now returned to South Wales.
Miss Katherine Blackwell, defending, said the defendant knew he deserved whatever punishment that followed. "By the time he is released from prison he will be, in his own words, a different person. He has begun to tackle problems which had built up tremendous anger inside him in the past," said Miss Blackwell.
Freeston denied there was a motive to buy drugs in what took place. He said there was reference to methadone, not crystal meth.
Miss Blackwell added: "He maintains the period of time he spent at the flat was a nightmare and worse then prison. He was completely pre-occupied with old matters and had descended into a deep depression.
"By the time Mr Loock returned, it had unfortunately developed into absolute rage."
Freeston was given an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection, with a minimum term of eight years less time on remand.
Judge Anthony Russell QC said it was a miracle the victim did not die. He added: "Why you did this terrible act is not entirely clear."