Man denies attempted murder of girlfriend’s son at her home
A MAN stabbed his girlfriend’s sleeping son 18 times and said voices in his head told him to carry out the attack, a court was told.
Andrew Burvill, 35, of Brecon, Powys, was found covered in blood by his mother at her home in Merthyr Tydfil following the attack on March 21 this year, Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard.
Robert Jones, 46, of Merthyr Tydfil, was on medication for paranoid schizophrenia and had formed no intention to kill Mr Burvill, the court heard.
Jones denies attempted murder but has admitted causing grievous bodily harm.
The jury heard how Jones loved Mr Burvill “like a son” and the pair were close friends and drinking partners.
But he began behaving oddly in the weeks leading up to the attack and was convinced people were trying to poison him.
Prosecutor Patrick Harrington said: “Jones took a kitchen knife and went to a bedroom where Mr Burvill was sleeping.”
He said: “For a moment he thought Jones was messing around – he wasn’t.
“His principle target was one of the most vulnerable parts of the body, his head.
“But he was also stabbed to the back of the neck, the chest and to his left leg.”
The court heard Jones’ face was “expressionless and blank” throughout the attack.
Speaking about Mr Burvill, Mr Harrington said: “His mother found him and said he looked like something from a horror show.
“Neighbours came in to help her staunch the flow of blood with towels and Mr Burvill told them: ‘Help me boys I’m dying.’
“But for the prompt ministrations of paramedics, doctors, nurses and surgeons, Mr Burvill would have died.”
The court was told an ambulance ran out of dressings to treat his wounds, including one close to his heart. Mr Burvill spent 10 weeks in hospital and still suffers from flashbacks and nightmares.
He told the court: “He just kept on stabbing and stabbing, he was like a maniac trying to kill me.
“I can remember being in the ambulance and telling myself: “Stay awake, stay awake.
“It was a shock, there were no motives, there was no reason.”
The court heard Mr Jones’ partner of five years Gaynor Burvill and her son were aware of his mental illness.
After his arrest Jones told police: “I hear voices and I follow them. I’m schizo, it’s my illness.
“I heard voices for 10 minutes before getting the knife from the kitchen. The voices said: ‘Kill him.’”
Giving evidence through a video link, Gaynor Burvill said her son and her partner were “the best of friends” before the knife attack.
She told the jury: “In the weeks before he started acting strange, he thought we were poisoning his food and coffee.
“On the night before the attack he was checking around the house and looking outside.
“He was telling me: ‘I’ve got to keep you safe.’”
Miss Burvill said the next morning Jones came towards her with a knife in his hand.
The court heard she thought she was going to be attacked but “emerged unscathed” and was able to call an ambulance for her wounded son.
The court heard paramedic Mark Ivey was first on the scene.
Prosecutor Mr Harrington said: “Mr Ivey has been in the profession for many years and it has been his sad misfortunate to attend the scenes of many stabbings.
“He was shocked by what confronted him that day.”
Jones’ defence lawyers argue that due to his illness he lacked the specific intent to commit the offence of attempted murder.
Two consultant psychiatrists are due to give evidence in the trial which is expected to last a week.
The trial continues.