A KNIFEMAN knocked on his victim's door and burst into his property moments before he stabbed him in the chest.

Ahmed El Ghezawi, 38, pushed his victim up against a wall and held his arm to his neck.

Carrying a knife in his right hand, he made threats to the victim before stabbing him in the chest.

El Ghezawi was jailed for five years and four months in prison during his sentencing at Bournemouth Crown Court.

The court heard how the victim, a man aged in his 30s who was known to the defendant, was in his home in Exeter Park Road at around 4.45pm on Saturday, July 27, when he heard a knock at the door.

He opened the door and El Ghezawi and another man went into the property.

The defendant pushed the victim up against a wall and held his arm to his neck, before stabbing him in the chest.

El Ghezawi’s victim tried to climb out of a second floor window to escape but the defendant grabbed him by the legs to pull him back in.

People outside became aware of the disturbance and went to the victim’s aid, at which point El Ghezawi and the second man ran away.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to the stab wound to his chest.

Following enquiries by detectives, El Ghezawi, of Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, was arrested in Bournemouth on Tuesday, July 30.

A second man arrested in connection with the incident, aged 29 and from Bournemouth, was released from the investigation without any police action.

Detective Constable Kevin Lloyd, of Bournemouth CID, said: “Ahmed El Ghezawi subjected his victim to a violent assault with a knife and it is fortunate that the injury sustained was not even more serious.

“We will not tolerate offenders armed with knives carrying out violent attacks of this nature and I am pleased that through our investigation we were able to identify El Ghezawi as the man responsible and bring him before the court to face justice.”