A KNIFEMAN who plunged a blade into his ex-girlfriend’s chest while trying to “get her attention” is back on the streets.
David Martin was originally accused of trying to murder Kate Taylor when he thrust the weapon deep into the left side of her chest, after she told him he had to learn to live without her.
After two trials, the 31-year-old was found not guilty of attempted murder, but two juries failed to agree whether he should be convicted of wounding with intent, which carries a life sentence.
Prosecutors at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday confirmed they would not seek a third trial and accepted his plea to unlawful wounding, which carries a maximum sentence of five years. Judge Paul Sloan sentenced Martin, who had also admitted having an offensive weapon, to 20 months behind bars and accepted his version of what happened in the car park at EDF, on the Doxford Business Park in Sunderland, where he and Miss Taylor both worked, in May last year.
Martin, 30, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, was released due to the 17 months he has spent on remand since the attack.
The judge said: “In a moment of desperation you took the knife out of your bag and held it against Miss Taylor’s chest, wanting to get her attention, wanting her to understand the state you were in.
“There was a struggle and she tried to push the knife away. During the course of the struggle the knife, which was being held at an acute angle to her body, went into Miss Taylor’s chest. “
The court heard the blade entered 4ins into Miss Taylor’s chest and she told jurors she had feared she was going to die.
Judge Sloan told Martin: “You had not intended to stab her, let alone injure her, but you accept your actions were unlawful and reckless.”
Martin was also made the subject of a restraining order, which prevents him from contacting Miss Taylor in future.
The judge said: “You introduced a large, potentially lethal knife into an argument and held it against Miss Taylor’s chest. It was a particularly dangerous act. This was an abuse of trust and power.”
The court heard Miss Taylor had reluctantly agreed to meet up with Martin in a car while on her lunchbreak on May 11 last year, after he had “bombarded” her with messages and calls since their break-up in November 2011.
The couple had both been at work that morning and Martin had inundated her with messages while she repeatedly told him their relationship was over and they were now just friends.
Judge Sloan accepted Martin had been carrying the knife around in a rucksack while thinking about harming himself, not anybody else.
Glen Gatland, defending, said Martin has suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and adjustment disorder.