A DRUG dealer accused of stabbing a rival eight times wanted to humiliate the victim, a court heard.

Daniel MacLeod had gone to meet 22-year-old Abdul Deghayes at Elm Grove in Brighton for a drugs deal.

The 37-year-old launched a “short, but vicious” attack on the victim, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Mr Deghayes, of Chadborn Close in Brighton, suffered a severed artery in his leg and a stab wound that went through his back and kidney.

One knife wound had gone all the way through his hand, the court was told.

He suffered massive blood loss as his friend Colby Broderick tried to drive him away from the scene outside a block of flats called Hanover Court.

This week, Adam Feest QC, prosecuting, opened the retrial into the killing, which took place in Brighton on February 16, 2019.

He said MacLeod, of Gypsy Road, Lambeth, who was known as the drug dealer “Frank” in Brighton, had driven from Crawley to Elm Grove to meet Mr Deghayes and Mr Broderick.

Mr Feest said injuries to the legs and buttocks were sometimes inflicted with the intention of maiming and humiliating victims.

He said such attacks were sometimes referred to as “bagging” or the “Turkish revenge” among members of the “drug-dealing, knife-wielding community”, leaving victims needing to use colostomy bags.

MacLeod denies murder, while Stephen Burns, 55, of Lenno Street, Brighton, denies assisting an offender.

The jury heard that both defendants have previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and that almost £24,000 in cash was found at one of MacLeod’s addresses in Brighton.

Mr Feest QC said: “If you are defending yourself, why do you need to stab somebody in the back?

“The Crown’s case is that at 9.25 on that Saturday evening, Abdul Deghayes suffered these serious and significant injuries from which he never recovered and, due to their nature, was never likely to have recovered.

“Whether he intended to kill Mr Deghayes or just to maim him, or whether it was a revenge attack, we will never know.”

“It is the Crown’s case that Daniel Macleod acted with murderous intent during his attack upon Abdul Deghayes, and accordingly is responsible for not just his death but his murder.”

Two of Mr Deghayes’ teenage brothers, including his twin, died fighting in Syria.

Abdullah was killed in 2016 aged 18 while their brother Jaffar, 17, was killed in 2014 while trying to overthrow Bashar Assad’s government. They are survived by fourth brother, Amer, a former finance student, who also travelled to Syria.

The hearing continues.