TWO drug dealers who stabbed a man in the neck in a near-fatal attack in Southampton are to be sentenced today.

Che Yethman-Spaine, 20, was found guilty of trying to murder a man in Watts Park on March 30 last year.

The victim, 44, survived the attack, but suffered what police described as “near-fatal” injuries.

Callum Jeremiah Edwards, 18, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent for his part in the stabbing.

The pair were also charged with possession of a blade in a public place and conspiracy to supply class-A drugs in Southampton, to which they previously pleaded guilty.

Police say they were part of the much-publicised County Lines drug scheme.

The system involves a centralised mobile number, usually linked to London-based gangs, which people use to order illegal drugs. Drug runners based in that area then carry out the exchange with their buyer.

The scheme has become synonymous with child exploitation, with youngsters often used to carry out the exchanges.

Alongside Edwards and Yethman-Spaine stood Miron Ramadani, aged 20, of Risley Avenue, Haringey.

He was charged with conspiracy to supply class-A drugs in Southampton, was sentenced separately on December 14 and given a six-year sentence.

Yethman-Spaine and Edwards, both from Tottenham, will be sentenced at Winchester Crown Court.