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Man who knifed female cousin jailed for nine years

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A MAN who stabbed his female cousin after warning her “I will be the one who kills you” has been jailed for nine years.

Kyle Curtis attacked and tried to strangle the woman as she screamed and begged him to stop.

After stabbing her so hard that the blade went handle-deep, Curtis, 21, left her for dead, muttering “sorry” as he walked out the door.

Jailing him at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge John Milford QC said: “You delivered two powerful blows to this woman’s abdomen, you clearly are a dangerous young man.”

The court heard how Curtis and his cousin, named only as Natalie, had grown up “like brother and sister” and had been drinking at her father’s flat in The Avenue, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, when he went into the kitchen and picked up the knife.

Returning to the living room, Curtis, of Gleneagles Road, Grindon, Sunderland, asked her to stand up, but she refused.

Alec Burns, prosecuting, said: “They then decided to go to the pub but, as she stood up, the defendant moved over towards her, stabbing her twice with the 20cm long knife.”

The first knife wound left her with a punctured lung, while the second went through her whole body, narrowly missing every vital organ.

The court heard Curtis then grabbed the woman’s mobile phone from her and tried to strangle her.

Mr Burns said: “She started to scream but he put his hand over her mouth.

“She managed to get up but he grabbed her by the hair. He then hit her.”

The victim managed to ring 999 and Curtis was later arrested,.

Curtis, who was on licence from a previous attack at the time, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

The court was told Curtis had, on an earlier occasion, said to Natalie “I will be the one who kills you”.

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