A 67-year-old man who repeatedly stabbed two women with a carving fork in their Harlow home has been jailed for 10 years.

In November of last year Alan Giles attacked the victims armed with a two-pronged carving fork.

The victims, who knew Giles, were taken by surprise after opened the door to him.

Investigating officer PC Paul Marks, of Harlow CID, said: “Giles subjected two women to a horrific attack armed with a carving fork.

“It is purely a question of pure luck that he did not cause more serious injuries – with one of the victims sustaining 16 puncture wounds and the other receiving chest injuries.

“The attack was vicious and sustained. It is clear Giles went there with intentions to cause them harm.”

Giles repeatedly stabbed one of the women in the arm and left and stabbed the second women once before fleeing the scene.

Essex Police officers attended Giles’ home and found the weapon in the sink which had been cleaned.

While police were searching the address, Giles returned home and was arrested

Giles, of Woodley’s, Harlow, was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, May 29 after he previously pleaded guilty.

He was jailed for 10 years and will serve a further three years at licence for two counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

One count of aggravated burglary with intent will remain on file.

PC Marks added: “I would like to praise both women for their courage throughout the ordeal.

"I know it has been very emotional and traumatic time for them both and I hope this outcome offers some justice to them.”

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