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Crumpsall man sentenced for attempting to murder wife

|News, Violent crime

A man has been sentenced for attempting to murder his wife at their home in Crumpsall in January 2020.

At approximately 1pm on 27 January 2020, Adil Butt, 33, called an ambulance reporting that his wife was suicidal and had harmed herself. She could be heard in the background of that call saying that her husband was responsible.

When emergency services attended they found her with 27 separate wounds to the front of her neck, several more to the sides of her neck, head, back and defensive wounds on her hands.

Butt was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Initially he denied causing the injuries, claiming that she had inflicted them on herself, but  eventually accepted responsibility for causing the injuries, though denied he had intended to kill her.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, however, following a five-day trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, the jury found him guilty of attempted murder.   

In her Victim Impact Statement Mrs Butt said: 'I don't know why he did what he did – only God knows.  I can't sleep. I have nightmares thinking about why this happened.  It's a struggle every day for me – mentally, emotionally and physically, but I have to live for my children and I can't lose hope.'

Adil Butt was sentenced to a Hospital Order made under s.37 Mental Health Act with a restriction under s.41.

Kim Irving for the CPS said: "Adil Butt carried out a brutal and frenzied attack upon his wife with a large kitchen filleting knife after approaching her from behind. He did this in full view of their two young children, whose clothing had their mother's blood on them.   

"In spite of her valiant attempts to defend herself, she received numerous wounds and it is by fortune alone that none of those wounds proved to be fatal.     

"The CPS is committed to working with the police to bring violent offenders before the courts. As he begins this sentence, I hope that she can now begin to rebuild her life."

Notes to editors

Adil Butt DOB: 25/07/1988 was convicted in October 2021 of 1 count of attempted murder. He pleaded guilty to 1 count of unlawful wounding

Kim Irving is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

Read CPS guidance here about prosecuting people with mental health disorders: Mental Health: Suspects and Defendants with Mental Health Conditions or Disorders
Read Sentencing Council principles about sentencing people with mental health disorders here: Sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders, or neurological impairments: Response to consultation

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