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Scorned ex who stabbed former girlfriend jailed

|News, Domestic abuse

An ex-boyfriend who stabbed his former partner after she refused to reconcile has been jailed for two years and six months. 

Phillip Gordon, 62, waited outside his victim’s home in Orpington until she came home before confronting her. He pushed her up against some railings and overpowered her before putting a knife to her throat and telling her: “If I can’t have you no one can.” During the incident the victim was stabbed on her torso. 

The victim who had not been in contact with Gordon for some months before the attack managed to break away and convince Gordon to take her to hospital where she raised the alarm on 13 October last year. He left her there telling staff that he had a “stab victim”. 

Today (Thursday, 12 May 2022) Gordon was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court to two years and six months in custody. He was also handed a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting the victim or her family or going to her home address. He had been found guilty of wounding following an earlier trial at the same court, and had pleaded guilty to one count of having an article with a blade. 

Gordon was arrested on the day of the attack at his daughter’s home where he was found hiding under a bed. 

The victim had suffered a 4cm deep stab wound to her torso which had to be stapled as well as a cut to her arm. 

Jessica Lunan, from the CPS, said: “Phillip Gordon armed himself with a knife as he lay in wait for his former partner. After an argument where it was made clear that there was no chance of a reconciliation, he stabbed her.  

“Domestic abuse can have a devastating impact and the victim in this case has been left traumatised by the attack on her. 

“The CPS is absolutely committed to securing justice for victims of domestic abuse and will always prosecute these cases where there is the evidence to do so.” 

Notes to editors

  • Phillip Gordon (DOB: 14/03/1960) is from Kenley in the London borough of Croydon.
  • Jessica Lunan is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Crown Court unit in CPS London South.

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