An innocent man savagely stabbed in Melbourne over a simple glance can go on with life now his attacker is firmly behind bars.
Steen Locke was almost killed when Dwayne Michael Byrne stabbed him six times in an unprovoked attack at a St Kilda pier last year.
Byrne was sentenced to 12 years jail on Wednesday and ordered to serve nine before he is eligible for parole.
Mr Locke says he is happy with the outcome and it's good to see Byrne off the streets.
"I just want to get it all behind me, get back to normal life," he told reporters.
Mr Locke was sitting with a friend at the jetty on February 7 last year when he glanced over at Byrne, who seemed to be arguing with a woman.
Byrne yelled to Mr Locke: "What the f*** are you looking at?" before grabbing a knife and stabbing him, puncturing a lung and leaving a deep wound in Mr Locke's neck.
The knife was left embedded in Mr Locke's back.
"Mr Locke had turned away from you moments before the attack and what you should have done was to have walked away," Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon said as he sentenced Byrne.
"You formed a murderous intention and acted on it, using a knife you happened to be carrying."
Mr Locke was vulnerable at the time of the attack, because he was sitting down.
The New Zealand man, who suffers from a blood clotting disorder, lost a lot of blood and could have died from his injuries without medical intervention, Justice Dixon said.
He is affected by fear and anxiety when in public, the court heard.
Byrne pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and continues to deny he was responsible, despite a jury verdict that convicted him mid-year.
The court heard he had a traumatic childhood and was homeless by the age of 11.
Byrne has served almost 600 days in pre-sentence custody, where he is being held in tight security after assaults on prison officers.