Boyfriend jailed after stabbing partner in neck with shard of broken mirror
A MAN who stabbed his partner with a shard of broken mirror claimed he became violent after taking too many anti-depressant pills.
Mark Lord was yesterday jailed for six years and nine months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Cassandra Duff in an alcohol-fuelled attack at her home.
Lisi Ke, prosecuting, told how Ms Duff and 28-year-old Lord had been in a relationship for nine months when, on February 2, they went drinking at the Old Original Bay Horse in Horwich with friends, the group returning to her Crown Lane home at 11pm.
In the early hours of the following morning, Lord said he was going out and returned at 4am with his friend Chris Warne.
Bolton Crown Court heard Lord, of Wilderswood Avenue, Horwich, was jumping around and raving, claiming to have taken the illegal drug known as Bubble — something he later denied having done.
Miss Ke said that when Mr Warne and Ms Duff’s friend, Julie Williams became involved in an altercation, Miss Duff told Lord to get him out of her house, but he refused.
Lord flew into a rage, headbutting and punching a door panel then ripped a mirror off the wall above a fireplace and smashed it on the floor.
He snatched an eight-inch piece of the broken mirror and ran into the kitchen, attacking Ms Duff, stabbing her, throttling and punching her.
She ran upstairs to where her four-year-old son had been awoken, bleeding heavily from a deep wound in her arm and another in her neck, telling friends: “He stabbed me. I want my mum.”
Lord appeared in the bedroom holding a 10-inch kitchen knife and plunged it into a door panel before leaving the house and later handing himself into police.
The court heard that Ms Duff needed stitches in the stab wounds, suffered a fractured hand and needed surgery to repair a broken jaw caused by Lord punching her.
Ms Duff was in court to support Lord and Adrian Williams, defending, said she has visited him in the prison where he was remanded awaiting sentence.
“She was clearly shocked by, what she said, was his irrational behaviour which she regards as uncharacteristic,” said Mr Williams.
He said relatives claimed Lord’s behaviour changed a year ago after he was assaulted and prescribed anti-depressants. He then had the blow of losing his job and his partner suffering a miscarriage.
Lord, who already had a criminal record for offences including violence, said he had very little memory of his attack on Ms Duff.
Sentencing him to six years and nine months behind bars, Recorder Roger Farley QC said: “I accept the attack was probably triggered by an over use of anti-depressant medication and alcohol.”