A MAN who stabbed his victim as he worked on a car in Southall was this week jailed for life.

The attack was in Green Walk and the 50-year-old victim received life-threatening injuries, Isleworth Crown Court heard.

Allan Powell, 54, of West Drayton, must serve a minimum term of 11 years for attempted murder and two years, to run concurrently, for possessing an offensive weapon.

The victim was under the bonnet of his car, leaning over the engine. As he stood up, he felt a push from behind and fell backwards on to the ground.

He noticed Powell stood beside his car, holding a large knife. The victim then realised he was bleeding from the chest as there was blood all over his T-shirt.

While he was on the ground, Powell tried to stab him again, but the victim kicked out using his legs and his attacker ran off.

The victim managed to stumble to the front door and his partner, who was inside the house, who called 999.

An ambulance crew treated him, including the use of resuscitation, as his condition was deteriorating. He was eventually taken to hospital.

Powell was arrested at his house and charged with attempted murder. He was found guilty by a unanimous verdict.

Det Sgt Dave Coward, from Ealing police, said: “This was a serious attack which has had a major impact on the victim. He has shown great courage throughout this investigation.”