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Man survived 38 stab wounds

A man survived despite being stabbed 38 times in a "determined and frenzied attack" at his home, a court heard yesterday.

David Johnson, 33, used a kitchen knife to stab repeatedly Danny Ross, 44, known as "Fat Dan", after tying his belt around the older man's neck and choking him until he was unconscious, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Mr Ross, a heroin addict who has suffered poor mental health including depression since a road accident 20 years ago, was found by medics surrounded by pools of blood on 18 August last year. His wounds required 70 stitches.

Mr Johnson, from Exeter, denies attempted murder. The trial continues.