Jeal­ous ex knifed love ri­val in front of tod­dler

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By AN­DREW BARD­S­LEY

A KNIFEMAN con­sumed with jeal­ousy launched a ‘hor­ren­dous’ ‘cold­blooded’ at­tack on a man he thought had slept with his ex-part­ner.

Liam Burke, 30, has been jailed for 30 years for at­tempted mur­der af­ter stab­bing the man three times in front of the vic­tim’s two-yearold daugh­ter.

Al­co­hol-fu­elled Burke was caught af­ter he threw a bot­tle of Bud­weiser into some wood­land while he was on his way to try and kill the man.

Po­lice re­cov­ered the bot­tle, which con­tained his fin­ger­prints.

Jail­ing Burke, of Broad­way, New Mos­ton, Judge Richard Mansell QC told him: “You could sim­ply not al­low her to have any man in her life.

“This was there­fore a cold­blooded, pre­med­i­tated and con­certed ef­fort by you to kill him, con­sumed as you were by jeal­ousy and anger to­wards her,.”

Burke had been sep­a­rated from his ex for more than two years. But he de­manded that she give him the man’s num­ber.

Burke was able to find the man’s Face­book ac­count, cross-ref­er­enc­ing it with Google Earth to learn where he lived.

Ar­riv­ing at the man’s home in Black­ley, Manch­ester, Burke spent about 40 min­utes ‘ly­ing in wait’ for him.

As the man was putting his daugh­ter in her car seat, Burke struck from be­hind.

The vic­tim suf­fered se­vere, lifethreat­en­ing phys­i­cal in­juries, as well as se­ri­ous psy­cho­log­i­cal harm.

Burke was ar­rested and charged with at­tempted mur­der.

He pleaded not guilty, but was con­victed af­ter a trial at Manch­ester Crown Court.

Cold-blooded: Liam Burke has been sen­tenced to 30 years in jail

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