A teenage restaurant worker left a man he met on a dating website covered in blood after trying to murder him in his own home.
Gubair Boshir, 19, grabbed his victim in a choke hold before attacking him with a knife and inflicting eight stab wounds that left him with scarring to his face and body.
Sentencing at Cardiff Crown Court , Judge Eleri Rees said: “This was a ferocious attack with intent to kill.”
The court heard the incident occurred at the victim’s flat in Cardiff in the early hours of Saturday, May 6.
Michael Jones, prosecuting, said the victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – met Boshir on a dating website for gay men called Fab Guys.
Prosecutors said the defendant went to the man’s home after he finished work around 1am.
Mr Jones said: “As soon as he walked in he grabbed the victim in a choke hold, wrapping both arms around his throat.
“The victim struggled and grabbed his arms, trying to breathe. He could feel he was losing strength and fell to his knees.”
The court heard Boshir told him: “Just go to sleep.”
Prosecutors said the complainant saw Boshir holding a knife with a five-inch blade and felt a “sharp pain” in his back, then in his chest and face.
Mr Jones added: “The victim fought for his life – grappling with the defendant.”
In a statement given to police the victim said: “I felt like I was going to die. At this point I felt I had no fight left, I was so worn out.”
The court heard the defendant took a mobile phone and £180 in cash from the man’s trousers before leaving the flat.
Mr Jones said: “The victim was in shock and lying on the floor. He managed to drag himself to a neighbour’s flat.”
The neighbour saw he was “covered in blood” and called 999.
He was rushed to the University Hospital of Wales by ambulance and treated for 10 knife injuries, including eight stab wounds, plus lacerations.
Boshir was traced to an address in Grangetown but was not at home when police attended.
An officer spoke to him on the phone but the defendant refused to take any more calls and his family insisted the police should leave.
Officers returned later with a warrant and found him in his attic bedroom.
Prosecutors said his family shouted at officers and filmed them as they took him from the property.
The court heard the victim’s phone and cash were found in the defendant’s jacket pocket.
He was interviewed at Cardiff Bay Police Station where he said: “I’m glad he didn’t die.”
Boshir told officers some of his friends had used dating apps and he wanted to see if they worked for him.
He stated he found Fab Guys frustrating because it was full of “creepy” and “desperate” men.
The defendant said he arranged to meet the victim because he was feeling “experimental”.
He claimed he feared for his own life after the man locked him inside his flat while holding a large bread knife and said: “I’ll f***ing kill you.”
Boshir said he had a “crazy adrenaline reaction” and used a choke hold he learnt while messing around with friends to make the man unconscious.
The defendant told officers he took about £50 from his trousers as “a penalty” for lying about his age.
He denied taking a knife to the scene and stabbing the victim but later changed his account and said he took the knife “for protection” as he was meeting a stranger and acted out of “panic”.
In a statement read out in court the victim – who is in his late 50s – said: “All I want is a quiet life.”
He said he still has scars on his face and body, adding: “My injuries have been on display for all to see.”
Prosecutors argued aggravating features included the fact the victim was vulnerable and there was a degree of planning.
Boshir, from Merches Gardens in Cardiff , admitted theft and attempted murder on a basis of plea, which was rejected by the judge during a trial of issue.
Harry Baker, defending, said his client was “still a very young man” and argued there was an indication of remorse.
He told the court Boshir intents to use his time in custody to reform himself.
Judge Rees described the incident as “horrific”, noting it was a sustained attack involving stabbing and strangulation.
A psychiatric report found Boshir presented a high risk of harm to gay men and he was jailed for 17 years and eight months.