The Face What Fits, We Would Deport
David Walters (born 30/03/1989) of Vixen Close, Nell Lane Estate, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to attempted murder.
He was today sentenced to an Indeterminate sentence for Public Protection (IPP) at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square. He must serve a minimum of seven years before being considered eligible for parole.
During the early hours of Thursday 29 December 2011, Walters posted a number of threatening messages on Facebook about a cousin he accused of 'poking' his girlfriend on Facebook.
He also made a number of threatening phone calls to various members of his own family, in which he threatened to stab and kill his cousin.
Still seething later that day, Walters armed himself with a knife and left his house on the Nell Lane Estate some time before 10.20am.
By chance he saw the victim, Maria Morrison, sitting at the bench at a bus stop outside Southern Cemetery, at the junction of Arrowfield Road and Wintermans Road.
He suddenly launched an unprovoked attack on Maria, stabbing at her with a 10in knife.
He screamed "Die, Die!" and "Die, Die!" "I'll Kill You" as he repeatedly brought the knife down on the horrified victim.
Maria managed to struggle to her feet, moved her arms up to defend herself and kicked out at Walters while shouting for help.
He made several attempts to stab her in the head, but she managed to dodge out of the way.
He eventually ran off onto Wintermans Road, spitting onto the pavement as he left the scene.
In shock and bleeding heavily from multiple stab wounds, Maria managed to stop a passing car and the police and ambulance were called.
She was taken to hospital where she was treated for her injuries. She suffered numerous puncture wounds on her body and deep cuts to her hand and lip which later required plastic surgery.
While waiting for treatment at hospital Maria, who is a devout Catholic, was comforted by a GMP officer. Also a Catholic, the officer gave the victim his crucifix to give her some spiritual comfort.
As Maria was being treated at hospital officers immediately swung into action, interviewing potential witnesses and viewing CCTV of the incident.
Officers viewed the CCTV footage and spotted Walters spitting onto the pavement near the site of the attack. The officer in the CCTV monitoring room directed an officer at the scene to the exact spot.
Despite heavy rain, the officer at the scene managed to find the saliva and a CSI took a sample for forensic analysis.
Meanwhile, police acted on information received from the community on the Nell Lane Estate and arrested Walters outside his house the following lunch time, on Friday 30 December.
The DNA sample was fast tracked and Walters was charged while still in custody.
Detective Inspector Lee Price, of South Manchester CID, said: "For every Walters in this world there are a multitude of people who restore your faith in human nature.
"From the strength and fortitude of the victim to the incredible diligence of officers working against the clock, everyone - with the obvious exception of Walters - came out of this with huge credit.
"The victim Maria showed immense courage to fight him off in the first place and remarkable strength to make such a recovery.
"I also want to praise the community who supplied us with information and our officers, who acted on it swiftly to ensure Walters was arrested even before we had the DNA sample.
"It was a fantastic team effort which helped ensure we are today talking about a good result and not concentrating on the horrific actions of an extremely dangerous man."