Knife at­tack ‘like a scene from Psy­cho’

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - STU­ART GREER

AMAN who at­tacked his ex-girl­friend with a knife like a ‘scene from Psy­cho’ has been jailed.

Richard Dean, 45, threat­ened to kill the woman be­fore chas­ing her with an eight-inch blade around the gar­den of their Mac­cles­field home, a court heard.

The ‘hys­ter­i­cal’ vic­tim was res­cued by a neigh­bour who dragged her to safety be­neath a gar­den fence, mag­is­trates were told.

Dean then stabbed him­self in the stom­ach and was hos­pi­talised.

Dean, of Moss Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted as­sault and mak­ing threats to kill.

At Ch­ester Crown Court on Mon­day he was jailed for 20 months.

He was also given a re­strain­ing or­der pre­vent- ing him con­tact­ing his vic­tim, who en­dured a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal.

In a state­ment read out at a pre­vi­ous court hear­ing, the woman, who the Ex­press chose not to name, said she had a con­stant ‘feel­ing of fear’.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said the hor­rific at­tack took place on July 25, the day after she had ended their re­la­tion­ship be­cause of his ‘heavy drink­ing’.

She said: “On July 24 there had been an ex­change of text mes­sages which be­came heated.

“The de­fen­dant be­came threat­en­ing say­ing he was go­ing to ‘do time’ and ‘was out­side’ the house.

“The next day he was due to re­move his be­long­ings and waited by the side of the house where he con­sumed a bot­tle of wine. At 2pm he walked into the gar­den. The vic­tim ran into the house and fell over try­ing to get away. He fol­lowed, grabbed a kitchen pan and struck her on the fore­head caus­ing two black eyes and a bloody nose. He then grabbed her arms and hands. He then picked up an eight inch knife. The vic­tim be­came hys­ter­i­cal. He threat­ened to kill her. He was mov­ing the knife in down­ward ac­tion, sim­i­lar to the scene from the film Psy­cho.

“She man­aged to get across the gar­den where a neigh­bour pulled her un­der the fence into his gar­den.”

Dean then stabbed him­self and was hos­pi­talised. He later told po­lice he couldn’t re­mem­ber hit­ting his ex-part­ner with a pan or hold­ing a knife, the court heard.

Mrs Byrne said the vic­tim was left un­able to sleep or work and the ex­pe­ri­ence had taken her to ‘rock bot­tom’.

John Gal­lagher, de­fend­ing, said Dean had been strug­gling with per­sonal is­sues at the time.

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