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Jealous man’s callous knife attack on woman

Worcester Editorial 9th Jul, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A ‘JEALOUS’ and ‘controlling’ man has been told to expect a jail term after he stabbed a woman with a kitchen knife.

Mark Newman, of Astwood Road, Worcester, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court last Friday (July 4) charged with assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and criminal damage to property under £5,000.

He pleaded guilty to both charges.

The incident occurred when the 22-year-old left a city pub at 5.25pm on March 15 and went to the victim’s Barbers Close address where he confronted her about a man he believed she had communication with on Facebook, the court heard.

Newman saw the victim using her phone so threw it on the floor and stamped on the screen, which smashed it, before he pushed her in the face.

He was then phoned by the woman’s sister, who was looking to get hold of the man he had been at the pub with. The young woman took this as an opportunity to scream for help.

About an hour later, after her dad had been round to confront Newman, the court heard how his mood changed again, verbally abusing her and then hitting her three times in the face with a shoe and tea towel.

The victim, who was crying and pleading with him to stop, then received three punches to the jaw.

The callous attack continued when Newman went to the toilet and the woman ran bare foot out of the property and onto Drapers Close, down an alleyway by Windermere Drive, and shouted for help from passers-by.

Newman grabbed her by the hair, put his forearm round her throat and pushed her back to the Barbers Close house before he grabbed a kitchen knife, sat on the sofa and stared silently at her, the court also heard.

He began to prod her in the shin with the weapon and ask ‘Does this hurt?’. The knife was then pushed into the victims leg which created a cut on her right thigh.

The court heard how this ‘sobered him up’ but Newman refused to take her to hospital, instead applying pressure on the wound with a towel.

Magistrates ordered a full sentence report from the probation service before he is sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Monday, August 11.

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