Frenzied knifeman gets 20 years jail

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A man has been jailed for 20 years for a frenzied knife attack on his partner and her friend in an attack that was reminiscent of the film The Shining.

Nkosinathi Ntombela, 24, kicked a hole in the door of his girlfriend’s flat and climbed in as she cowered in the bathroom with her friend.

Ntombela then armed himself with two knives and went to attack them.

Sam Green, prosecuting, said: “Reminiscent of a scene from a horror movie, he tried to stab his way through the toilet door.”

Leeds Crown Court heard the woman were “absolutely terrified” as Ntombela said he was going to kill his girlfriend.

South African born Ntombela went to fetch another knife after it one of the weapons broke and the two women tried to flee the flat.

He grabbed his partner in the hallway and tried to stab her in the chest. He then lunged at her repeatedly with the knife causing serious injuries to her hands.

His partner’s friend managed to push Ntombela away and he then attacked her. When police arrived he held the knife to her throat and threatened to kill any of the police officers who tried to enter.

When more officers arrived they entered the flat at Cottingley Height, Leeds, and had to taser Ntombeli to stop him from jumping from the fifth floor window.

The court heard both women had to undergo surgery for serious hand injuries caused when they tried to shield themselves from the knife blows. Ntombela, of Cottingley Heights, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Tony Ventham, prosecuting, said his client had been drinking heavily and carried out the attack after the girlfriend had locked him out and left his clothes out on the landing.

He said the couple had been in a close relationship but he began to become depressed and worry about his immigration status after losing his job. He added Ntombela was remorseful for his actions.

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