WARNING, DISTRESSING: Shocking pictures have emerged of a man stabbing two innocent strangers during a violent crime spree, while he was on the run after burning his mother's house down.
CCTV played in court shows the horrific moment Damen Stephens, 43, pulled a knife and repeatedly plunged it into his victim without hesitation outside a St Kilda wine bar.
The 30cm blade tore through the man's arm. When a second man ran to help, he was stabbed in the stomach.
As Stephens lurked, terrified diners sat frozen.
In the footage, one of the injured men, still full of adrenaline, is seen grabbing a chair to shield himself until Stephens casually strolls away.
The horrifying October 7 attack was sparked after Stephens argued with the innocent stranger inside the premises.
Both victims required multiple stitches - one had to have part of his tricep removed.
The 48-hour crime spree started when Stephens unleashed on his elderly mother after an argument about their dogs.
Stephens punched her in the head four times and grabbed her in a headlock.
When she gouged his eyes to get away, he bit her thumb so hard it was almost severed.
He then burnt her Bentleigh home to the ground and boasted about the blaze in a text message.
“'That was exciting fire trucks and cop cars EVERYWHERE - had to LEAP over back fences and go through gardens there were that many cops around …exciting as!!” the message read.
Stephens was on the run for three days until a woman recognised him from media reports and called police.
On Friday he pleaded guilty before Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link to six charges including intentionally causing injury and arson.
He's also been slapped with one count of stalking after he constantly harassed a young woman on social media.
Stephens will be sentenced in March.