A MAN ‘disguised’ himself by putting a pair of boxer shorts over his head before stabbing his former partner in the neck in front of their children.
Aaron Williamson, 38, was jailed for two years and three months over the attack.
A court heard Williamson attempted to disguise himself by putting boxer shorts over his head before the attack at the home of his ex-partner’s friend in Rothwell, Leeds.
A judge described the attack as a “wicked and serious” offence. Leeds Crown Court heard the victim and the children had temporarily moved out the home at the time of the incident in August last year.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said the victim instantly recognised Williamson. He was armed with a knife and lunged at her with the weapon.
She put up a struggle to defend herself but the knife left a puncture wound on her neck. Williamson then caused a further puncture wound by stabbing her in the arm. Williamson then left the property and caught a taxi. Police were called and the victim received medical treatment at the scene but did not go to hospital.
The court heard Williamson and the victim had been in a relationship for around 12 years. She left after he began drinking heavily in the last five years of their relationship following the loss of his job.
Williamson, now of Primrose Lane, Beeston, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.
Andrew Dallas, mitigating, said it was the first time Williamson had ever used violence towards the victim.
Mr Dallas said, although the relationship had now ended, Williamson and the victim remained friendly and he continued to be a loving father to their children. The barrister said the offence arose as a result of Williamson’s problems with alcohol and depression but he was addressing his behaviour while in custody.
Referring to the victim’s injuries, judge Rodney Jameson, QC, said: “You hit her in an area where fatal stabbings not infrequently take place.”
After the case, Det Insp Chris Gibson, of Leeds District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Tackling domestic violence remains a key priority for the police and our partner agencies.
“Cases like this should illustrate how seriously we treat offences of this nature and the work we do to get justice for victims.
“We have a dedicated team of specialist officers who can offer victims support throughout the investigation and court process and we hope successful convictions such as this one will help to give them the confidence to come forward.”