Glasgow Times

Thug barged into staff area to stab his ex- lover


ASPURNED thug brutally tried to kill his ex- lover while she was working in a supermarke­t. Ben Jenkins was caught prowling the aisles of the Tesco store in Rutherglen, Lanarkshir­e, looking for Louise McGarry last July 9.

The 35- year- old then stormed into a staff area and pounced on terrified Louise who had been trying to hide from him.

Jenkins then repeatedly stabbed the 25- year- old and was only halted when the victim’s brave colleagues leapt on him.

Jenkins – who already had a string of offences involving ex- partners – yesterday pleaded guilty to an attempted murder charge at the High Court in Glasgow.

He will be sentenced next month.

Prosecutor Margaret Barron told how the pair began dating in February 2022, but split in late June of that year.

On the day of the attack, Louise told colleague Angela McIlroy that Jenkins had been “constantly messaging” her.

Louise had warned him to “back off” or she was calling the police.

Around 1pm, Jenkins, of Johnstone, Renfrewshi­re, was then captured on CCTV entering the Tesco.

Louise, who worked in the bakery section, was told her ex was in the shop.

Minutes later, Jenkins barged into the staff area of the bakery department clutching a multi- tool knife.

Angela followed and said Louise did not want to speak to him. He insisted he only “wanted to say hello”.

Louise was soon discovered “hiding in a corridor”.

Miss Barron then explained: “As he entered, Jenkins immediatel­y dropped his backpack and started attacking Louise with the knife.”

Jenkins also yanked up Louise’s top and stabbed her in the stomach. He further ripped out her hearing implant.

Miss Barron said: “Angela McIlroy jumped on Jenkins and attempted to restrain him.

“Scott McNally, another employee, assisted. He removed the knife and threw it to the side.”

Crazed Jenkins was held by the Tesco workers until police arrived as other staff gave a blood- soaked Louise first aid.

Customers meantime were evacuated from the store.

Louise was rushed to hospital – she suffered wounds to her neck, stomach and arm.

Describing the impact of the ordeal, the advocate depute said: “She may have died had she not received medical attention and treatment.

“The wounds will result in scarring.

“The assault has resulted in her suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression.

“She is afraid to go out and has not been able to work since.”

Jenkins already had previous domestic- related conviction­s involving former partners but not Louise.

Lord Mulholland remanded Jenkins and deferred sentencing until April 27 in Dundee.

The judge praised the actions of Louise’s workmates during the terrifying incident.

He told Jenkins: “I give public commendati­on to Angela McIlroy and Scott McNally, who intervened and restrained you from inflicting further injuries on your victim.

“You are fortunate that you are not facing a charge of murder.”

The judge went on: “The actions of her colleagues prevented you from facing murder.

“You can expect a lengthy sentence of imprisonme­nt.”

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