Man found guilty of attempted murder

Today, a jury at the Royal Court found 58 year old Paul Anthony Hadikin guilty of attempted murder following a four day trial. He’ll be sentenced later in the year.   

On 3 December 2021 police attended the Temple Bar in Stopford Road where a man in his 30s had been stabbed. An altercation had occurred earlier in the bar between Hadikin and the victim following which, Hadikin left. He returned a short time later with a knife and stabbed the victim in the stomach and then walked away. Hadikin was arrested shortly after near his home address.

The victim was treated on the scene by police and Ambulance staff before he was taken to the Emergency Department in a serious and critical condition.  He required several operations following the incident and is still receiving medical treatment for his injuries which will be ongoing for some time.

Detective Constable Lynn Lang, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: “This was a deliberate act of revenge following an argument where Hadikin was left angry and feeling humiliated about the earlier confrontation they had had that night. He went home with the sole purpose of obtaining a knife before returning to carry out this pre-meditated and senseless attack. We hope that the victim can find some solace from the verdict today and continue recovering from his serious injuries."   


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