Knife attacker jailed for life

The Bolton News: JAILED: Martin Cullen JAILED: Martin Cullen

A MAN has been jailed for life for a frenzied unprovoked knife attack on a friend.

Victim Doreen Winstanley, aged 51, had to be resuscitated after Martin Cullen, aged 48, stabbed her 11 times with a kitchen knife at her home in Davenport Gardens, School Hill, Bolton.

Peter Barr, prosecuting said that Cullen had been drinking at Ms Winstanley's home along with two other men, James Kirk and Jonathan Moore throughout the day on Sunday, November 16 last year.

Manchester Crown Court heard Cullen, who drank about three litres of strong cider and half a litre of whisky, “jumped up” and grabbed Mr Kirk around the throat with both hands.

He then smashed up items in the living room including china ornaments and a stereo. Both men left the home fearing for their safety.

Mr Barr said: “He was described as being in a rage, crying, ranting then saying sorry.”

Cullen then got a knife from the kitchen then stabbed the victim in the face, chest, abdomen and hands, the court heard yesterday.

Ms Winstanley was found sitting on the settee “bleeding profusely” when Mr Kirk returned to check on his friend.

Cullen was arrested at the scene after being found curled up in a kitchen unit.

Ms Winstanley spent seven days in hospital where she was treated for a punctured lung and other injuries.

The attack has left her suffering from panic attacks, insomnia and depression, as well as feeling fearful in her home.

Graham Robinson, defending, said Cullen, of no fixed address, has suffered with alcoholism for most of his adult life.

He said the incident has given him an insight into how he needs to deal with his problem.

He has been offered the support of his former wife on his release from prison, the court heard.


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Cullen had 25 convictions for affray, theft and being drunk and disorderly.

He admitted causing wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on the day he was due to stand trial for attempting to murder his victim.

Judge David Stockdale QC, sentencing, said: “It was wholly unprovoked. There is and was no known reason for the attack and no reason for the frenzied attack shortly before.

“Ms Winstanley was very fortunate to escape this with her life.”

He added: “She demonstrates a defiant willingness to live in her home and to not be defeated by you. She is a brave woman.”

Cullen was jaield for life and must serve a minimum of five years and three months before he is eligible to apply for release. If he is released he will be on licence indefinitely.

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9:48am Tue 24 Jun 14

Hectoriva says...

How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?
How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years? Hectoriva
  • Score: 15

9:54am Tue 24 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Hectoriva wrote:
How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?
Exactly. No consideration for the human rights of others. If this had been Arizona he would be looking at death row.
[quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?[/p][/quote]Exactly. No consideration for the human rights of others. If this had been Arizona he would be looking at death row. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 10

12:19pm Tue 24 Jun 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

"He said the incident has given him an insight into how he needs to deal with his problem."

No sheet, Sherlock.......
"He said the incident has given him an insight into how he needs to deal with his problem." No sheet, Sherlock....... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 5

12:31pm Tue 24 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

No justice,just like the guy who killed the two young people on the motorway.He's out on bail,next month he'll be on Bolton's most wanted list costing tax payers huge amounts of money to find him.The law is a donkey.
No justice,just like the guy who killed the two young people on the motorway.He's out on bail,next month he'll be on Bolton's most wanted list costing tax payers huge amounts of money to find him.The law is a donkey. boltonnut
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

cliff4treasurer says...

"How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?"

It means he will serve time for the crime then be on licence for the rest of his life where he will be "closely" monitored.
Unless of course there are more cutbacks and he will not be "closely" monitored.
"How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?" It means he will serve time for the crime then be on licence for the rest of his life where he will be "closely" monitored. Unless of course there are more cutbacks and he will not be "closely" monitored. cliff4treasurer
  • Score: 2

6:11am Wed 25 Jun 14

Janch1 says...

Jailed for life??? Five years??? What a justice system we have. There are longer sentences handed down to people for theft or fraud. Yet someone can stab another person in cold blood and five years is given. The headline reads "Jailed for LIfe" and you might think, Yes at last our courts are getting tough...then you read the small print.
Jailed for life??? Five years??? What a justice system we have. There are longer sentences handed down to people for theft or fraud. Yet someone can stab another person in cold blood and five years is given. The headline reads "Jailed for LIfe" and you might think, Yes at last our courts are getting tough...then you read the small print. Janch1
  • Score: 1

5:46pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Andyroost says...

Hectoriva wrote:
How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?
Simple, we have a justice system that's not worth the paper it's written on, what use is this low life ever going to be to society, should be 10 yrs in Thailand jail, guarantee he will never 're offending
[quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: How can u be jailed for life but able to apply for parole in 5 years?[/p][/quote]Simple, we have a justice system that's not worth the paper it's written on, what use is this low life ever going to be to society, should be 10 yrs in Thailand jail, guarantee he will never 're offending Andyroost
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

the need for austerity is a myth says...

You lot really need to get out of the house more and interact with the world around you - maybe then you would have half a clue what you are talking about.

Just because he can apply for parole in 5 years and 3 months doesn't mean he will automatically get it. With 25 previous convictions plus the nature of this conviction he will have to work pretty darned hard to prove he has reformed before they will let him out after just 5years and 3 months.

Oh yeah, and the victim impact statement at his parole hearing will have a big influence on his chances of getting out.
You lot really need to get out of the house more and interact with the world around you - maybe then you would have half a clue what you are talking about. Just because he can apply for parole in 5 years and 3 months doesn't mean he will automatically get it. With 25 previous convictions plus the nature of this conviction he will have to work pretty darned hard to prove he has reformed before they will let him out after just 5years and 3 months. Oh yeah, and the victim impact statement at his parole hearing will have a big influence on his chances of getting out. the need for austerity is a myth
  • Score: 0

7:29pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Lancashire always says...

the need for austerity is a myth wrote:
You lot really need to get out of the house more and interact with the world around you - maybe then you would have half a clue what you are talking about.

Just because he can apply for parole in 5 years and 3 months doesn't mean he will automatically get it. With 25 previous convictions plus the nature of this conviction he will have to work pretty darned hard to prove he has reformed before they will let him out after just 5years and 3 months.

Oh yeah, and the victim impact statement at his parole hearing will have a big influence on his chances of getting out.
True thankfully also why would an ex wife stand by him with out the guarantee that he was not coming out. Bet she got it in writing before she said it.
[quote][p][bold]the need for austerity is a myth[/bold] wrote: You lot really need to get out of the house more and interact with the world around you - maybe then you would have half a clue what you are talking about. Just because he can apply for parole in 5 years and 3 months doesn't mean he will automatically get it. With 25 previous convictions plus the nature of this conviction he will have to work pretty darned hard to prove he has reformed before they will let him out after just 5years and 3 months. Oh yeah, and the victim impact statement at his parole hearing will have a big influence on his chances of getting out.[/p][/quote]True thankfully also why would an ex wife stand by him with out the guarantee that he was not coming out. Bet she got it in writing before she said it. Lancashire always
  • Score: 0

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