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Vic meth addict jailed over stabbing

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 Kaitlyn Offer

An ice addict stabbed a former colleague while begging him for work, just weeks before murdering his drug dealer, a Victorian court has heard.

Vatthana Chounlamountry, 32, was high on ice when he confronted a former co-worker about a job at a factory in April 2014.

When Chounlamountry refused to leave, the victim at first pushed Chounlamountry away and told him to go home.

"He was frustrated," County Court sentencing Judge Michael Tinney said on Wednesday.

The victim then put his arm around Chounlamountry to usher him away, but Chounlamountry pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen.

As the man got into a car in a bid to escape, Chounlamountry came after him with the knife and stabbed at the vehicle's tyres.

At one stage during the confrontation, Chounlamountry lay on the floor and at another point came out of the bathroom holding a toilet brush, the judge told the court.

"It was unprovoked and it was totally unexpected," Judge Tinney said of the attack.

Weeks later, Chounlamountry was charged over the May 2014 stabbing murder of Thanh "Phong" Nguyen, 23, at his St Albans home during an aggravated burglary.

Chounlamountry was jailed after being found guilty of unintentionally murdering Mr Nguyen after stabbing the drug dealer nine times and fleeing with a box of drugs.

The 32-year-old was sentenced on Wednesday to five and a half years' prison after pleading guilty to recklessly causing serious injury and criminal damage in the April attack.

The sentence will add two years to the 17 years, six months he is serving for Mr Nguyen's murder, with a non-parole period of 15 years.

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