Man jailed for life for attempted murder and GBH - Greenfield

24/06/2016

A man, who caught his former partner with her new boyfriend, was jailed for life today, Friday, 24 June 2016, for a vicious drug-fuelled attack on them.

Christopher Holmes, aged 35, who was armed with a knife, suddenly appeared beside the couple's bed in the village of Greenfield, Beds on 04 January this year.

The 29-year-old male victim told Luton Crown Court he was standing "eerily quiet" as if in a horror movie before the attack. He said: "He was aiming for my heart...he was aiming to kill me." He was stabbed twice - once in the chest and once in the back.

Holmes' former partner ran to a downstairs room at the house in Mill Lane in the village. Holmes followed and taunted her, made her kneel and repeatedly punched her face, causing a fractured cheek.

Holmes was convicted by the jury of attempted murder, and had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and to the possession of two offensive weapons at an earlier hearing.

The court heard the defendant's relationship with the female victim had lasted a year and seven months and they broke up last November.

Peter Shaw, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said that by January of this year the female victim was in a new relationship with the male victim.

Roderick Price, defending, said: "Holmes went off the rails when he split from his partner. He saw red when he went into the bedroom and lost it. It was a fit of rage."

Judge Richard Foster said Homes must spend 10-years in prison before he can even be considered for parole because he regarded him as a "dangerous offender." He told him: "The facts of the case indicate you are a dangerous man, who cannot cope with situations such as a breakdown of a relationship."

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