After Thomas Alvin Selig knifed Terry Creaser in the neck during an alcohol-fuelled dispute over money, Creaser placed a finger in the wound to slow the bleeding and ran for help.
Creaser managed to wave down a motorist, resulting in police and paramedics being notified. He spent five days in hospital and required stitches but avoided surgery.
Details of the incident that resulted in charges against Selig were contained within an agreed statement of facts filed late last year in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Bridgewater.
In 2016, Creaser and Selig spent three days - including Christmas and Boxing Day - consuming alcohol at Selig's Linden Avenue home in Lunenburg. Selig was subject to a court order at the time to abstain from consuming or possessing alcohol.
Creaser left to buy cigarettes in the early afternoon of December 27, but returned to Selig and accused him of stealing money. Creaser told him he didn't take his money. Selig said he wanted his money and, after Creaser denied taking it, stabbed him in the neck with a knife.
Creaser reached out to try and take the knife away but was stabbed again in the left shoulder and arm. He shoved Selig and ran out of the house. The 49 year old was later taken by ambulance to hospital in Bridgewater before being transported to Halifax by air ambulance in critical condition.
Selig, 58, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and breach of probation on December 19, the first day of a scheduled two-day hearing.
The hearing examined such issues as the admissibility of some evidence, before the start of the trial. Eight days had been set aside for the trial over January and February. Three witnesses were heard in April during a preliminary hearing, which determines if there's enough evidence to go to trial.
Charges of attempted murder, breaching an undertaking and another probation breach allegation were dismissed after Selig admitted to the other offences. He remains in custody and will be sentenced in February.