A killer who murdered a three-year-old girl in 1979 has been jailed for life for the attempted murder of a dementia sufferer in a dispute over a garden rake.
Stephen Chafer repeatedly stabbed friend Fay Mills, 60, hitting her in the eye and leaving her with life-changing injures while he was released from prison on licence.
Stephen, now 57, was 17 when he was jailed for life for sexually assaulting Lorraine Holt, before knifing her to death.
He found Lorraine sitting in the snow in tears near her home in Derby, then carried her to a nearby vicarage where he sexually assaulted her and stabbed her 39 times.
He was living under the pseudonym Stephen Leonard when he launched the frenzied knife attack on Mrs Mills at her Peterborough home last June.
Chafer was convicted at trial in December last year of the attempted murder of Mrs Mills and of the common assault of her neighbour Mark Patchett, who tried to go to her aid.
He was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday, where he appeared under his pseudonym.
Judge David Farrell QC told him: ‘The worrying aspect of this offence is, as with the previous murder, that you have attacked a particularly vulnerable person and the attack was with a knife with particular severity.’
Flanked by three security officers in the dock, Chafer looked downwards throughout the hearing and showed no reaction as he was led to the cells.
Mr Patchett, who previously served in the Armed Forces, suffered a cut to his face as he confronted Chafer.
He said in a statement that the scene was ‘like a house of horrors… with blood everywhere’.
Judge Farrell ruled that £750 be awarded to Mr Patchett in recognition of his bravery.
Prosecutor Charles Falk said it was ‘frankly a miracle that Mrs Mills has survived’.
The court heard that Mrs Mills’s daughter Sheila Mills had gone away to Kent on the weekend her mother was attacked and believed she was in the care of a ‘close friend’.
Mr Falk, summarising a victim impact statement from Sheila Mills, said: ‘She trusted Stephen with everything. He betrayed her trust. She cannot understand how wrong she could have been.’
A court was told that a row broke out over Stephen asking to borrow a rake, during which he claimed a ‘switch flicked in his head’ and he began attacking her.
He befriended Mrs Mills’ family in 2002 when he was released on parole after serving 23 years of his sentence.
He was returned to prison in 2013 for setting fire to his flat and was released in 2017, before attacking Mrs Mills less than a year later.
Mr Falk added in the statement: ‘She dreads to think of what would have happened if the neighbours were not in that day.
Stephen was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years on Friday.