A THUG who repeatedly stabbed two women with a carving fork during a "vicious and sustained" attack has been jailed for ten years.

Alan Giles, 67, will serve ten years plus a further three years on licence after admitting two counts of causing grievous bodily harm.

A separate count of aggravated burglary with intent will remain on file.

Giles was jailed at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday after previously pleading guilty to the offences.

At around 7.35am on November 18 Essex Police received a 999 call after Giles knocked at the door of the victims' Harlow home, pushed one of the women and repeatedly stabbed her in her arm and leg.

The second woman was also stabbed before Giles, of Woodley’s, Harlow, left the scene. Both were taken to hospital for their injuries.

Officers attended Giles’ home and found the weapon – a two pronged carving fork – in the sink having been cleaned.

While officers were searching the address, Giles returned home and was arrested.

Investigating officer PC Paul Marks, of Harlow CID, said: “Giles subjected two women to a horrific attack armed with a carving fork.

“He was known to them and the attack took both victims by surprise after they opened their front door to him.

"This was an unprovoked attack within the victims' home, a place they considered as safe.

“It is purely a question of pure luck he did not cause more serious injuries – with one of the victims sustaining 16 puncture wounds and the other receiving chest injuries.

“The attack was vicious and sustained. It is clear Giles went there with intentions to cause them harm.

“I would like to praise both women for their courage throughout the ordeal.

"I know it has been very emotional and traumatic time for them both and I hope this outcome offers some justice to them.”