A 'SHOCKED' drug addict rode off on an injured man's bike after he saw him stabbed by a friend with a 'Rambo knife' during a 'ferocious' attack in Worcester.

David Capener, who appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, cycled off on the stabbed man's pedal cycle in St Paul's Street in Worcester as the injured man sought refuge in the city's Fownes Hotel where he was staying.

We have already reported how 32-year-old Tobi Hurding, known as 'Junior', hacked and stabbed Mark Hughes on May 25 last year, an attack which left the victim needing urgent hospital treatment.

Hurding admitted wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon when he appeared at Worcester Crown Court over videolink from HMP Hewell last year.

Hurding of Allcroft Road, Birmingham, was jailed for six years for the attack last September.

Earl Pinnock, prosecuting the case at Crown court last year, said the victim was rolling a cigarette and turned around to ‘receive what he described as an almighty whack to his face’. “He turned around to see Junior standing in front of him holding what he described as a large Rambo knife” said Mr Pinnock.

The blade, seized by police, was 50cm long with a jagged edge on one side and a normal blade on the other.

An ambulance was called and Mr Hughes was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham suffering from three separate wounds including one to his chin and the top of his shoulder. Recorder David Mason QC said one wound was ‘very close to his neck’. The injury to his stomach was described as a puncture wound.

Capener, 33, admitted handling stolen goods (the stab victim's bike) when he appeared before magistrates in Worcester on Thursday.

Kerry Lovegrove, who did not name Hurding in court, said the attacker had stabbed Mark Hughes in the stomach before Capener left on the victim's bike.

In interview Capener told officers he wasn't involved in the incident and 'wasn't aware it was going to happen'.

Miss Lovegrove said the handling offence was higher culpability as it was 'possession of very recently stolen goods' but stressed that Capener was not charged with anything in relation to the attack.

Capener has 17 previous convictions for 28 offences.

Richard Hull, defending, said: "It's plain the cycle was taken in circumstances where a serious offence had been committed. We don't know what happened to the other defendant. It doesn't appear that the motive was robbery. It was an argument." Capener was interviewed by a probation officer before he was sentenced. He told the probation officer he had been in Worcester visiting friends and family.

"His friend pulled a knife and proceeded to stab the victim. Mr Capener stated he just panicked at the time and rode off on the bike, stating he wanted to get away from the incident. He was in shock at what he had just witnessed," said the officer.

The probation officer explained that Capener had been a heroin user since he was 17 but was now on a methadone script. Capener suffers from anxiety and depression.

Magistrates sentenced Capener to a 12 month community order. This will include 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days to address thinking skills, decision making and victim impact and will assist with drug rehabilitation. The punitive element was a 10 week electronically tagged curfew which will be in force between 7pm and 7am daily.

Capener of Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham who is on Universal Credit of £300 per month was also ordered to pay £100 costs and a £96 victim surcharge.

The bike was recovered so no application was made for compensation.