Tesco worker guilty over stab at­tack on ex-lover

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Development Update - By Paul Hooper

A 53-year-old Tesco worker did try to mur­der her ex-lover when she plunged a knife into him three times on her birth­day, a jury has de­cided.

Gil­lian McKen­zie, who had de­nied the of­fence, had told of­fi­cers she was fed up with former boyfriend Jonathan Ing­ham “bleat­ing” about his mis­er­able life.

A jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court took two hours to re­ject her claim that she hadn’t in­tended to kill him dur­ing the drunken at­tack at her home in Hunter Av­enue, Willes­bor­ough.

But af­ter ad­journ­ing sen­tence for re­ports, Judge James O’Ma­hony told her: “Sorry for us­ing Latin ... but ‘in vino ver­i­tas’... in wine peo­ple speak the truth. You knew what you were say­ing and you knew what you were do­ing.”

Mr Ing­ham had been lis­ten­ing to Ra­dio 2, when McKen­zie stabbed him with a seven-inch kitchen knife, a jury heard.

She later told po­lice: “He had to die... he couldn’t live like that any­more. I tried to kill him and put him out of his mis­ery.” White-haired McKen­zie has now been re­manded in cus­tody Judge James O’Ma­hony said Gil­lian McKen­zie had known what she was do­ing dur­ing the drunken at­tack in Hunter Av­enue, Willes­bor­ough await­ing sen­tence, prob­a­bly in Mr Ing­ham would go to McKenOc­to­ber. zie’s home for a meal – “but it

Prose­cu­tor Si­mon Tay­lor told would ap­pear she wanted this the jury how the cou­ple had ar­range­ment to come to an end.” been in a re­la­tion­ship for nine On March 23, Mr Ing­ham, who years which came to an end had been liv­ing in a car and at last year al­though they had a Ten­ter­den scrap­yard, had re­mained friends. ar­rived at the house at 8.30pm

He told the jury: “She stabbed and McKen­zie had al­ready been him and she did so in­tend­ing to drink­ing. kill him and she said as much as The cou­ple watched TV and she was stab­bing him. It is only drank some more wine be­fore mere good for­tune she didn’t Mr Ing­ham went to take some suc­ceed.” Mr Tay­lor said that painkillers for a foot ail­ment. He told how she snatched them away be­fore go­ing into the kitchen and re­turn­ing with a knife and stab­bing him three times.

McKen­zie told him: “You are go­ing to have this. I am go­ing to put you out of your mis­ery. I’m go­ing to kill you.”

She later re­vealed: “I told him not to come over or we would end up ar­gu­ing. I just wanted him to stay away and leave me alone. He’s bet­ter off dead.” DC Scott En­nals said: “Gil­lian McKen­zie and her vic­tim clearly had their is­sues with one an­other and we may never know what went on in the mo­ments lead­ing up to this in­ci­dent.

“What is clear is that she in­tended to stab him and that she ad­mit­ted to of­fi­cers who at­tended the scene that she wanted to put him out of his mis­ery.

“She there­fore clearly posed a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to him and po­ten­tially other mem­bers of the pub­lic, mean­ing prison is the best place for her at this time.

“Most peo­ple in re­la­tion­ships have prob­lems and dis­agree­ments from time to time but vi­o­lence is never the an­swer.

“Kent Po­lice of­fers a range of sup­port to vic­tims of do­mes­tic abuse, or you can visit www. do­mes­ti­cabus­eser­vices.org. uk to speak to some­one other than a po­lice of­fi­cer.”

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