A 16-year-old boy has been attacked by two thugs who stabbed him 11 times through his throats and buttocks for losing a dog in his custody.
Braydon Hall, 20 and Jake Grainger, 18, left their victim bleeding out in a park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, in October after a row over a missing Rottweiler.
He was also knifed in the stomach, back and buttocks and surgeons worked tirelessly for 16 hours to save his life.
Judge Michael Kay QC said: “The stabbing to the victim’s throat was very close to killing outright.
“It was a frenzied, aggressive and senseless attack.”
The boy and his attackers used to hang around together in Hoddesdon town centre and had taken a stray Rottweiler under their wing.
Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said Hall had asked the victim to look after the dog overnight on October 21 but then animal escaped.
Later the day, Hall, Grainger, an accomplice and the victim were seen on CCTV heading towards Rye Park.
The gang led where the victim was taken to a secluded spot where he was set upon by the senseless thugs.
Mr Mulgrew said he nearly died and he required 16 hours on the operating table and two-and-a-half months in intensive care.
The boy has been left mentally scarred and with lasting physical damage. He later suffered a mental breakdown, the court heard.
Hall, Grainger, and their 18-year-old accomplice, who is due to be sentenced for robbery in connection with the stabbing, were captured on CCTV and identified by police.
Hall confessed to wounding with intent and possession of a knife and was jailed for 11 years at St Albans Crown Court.
Grainger admitted wounding with intent on the basis of joint enterprise and was given six years and six months in a young offenders’ institution.