A man stabbed his brother repeatedly in a fit of jealousy over a 14-year-old girl.
Jason Wharrier, 29, knifed Nathan, 24, six times as they played pool in a Leeds pub after leaving chilling messages on the girl’s Facebook page that he was going to kill him.
A court heard both men were infatuated with the teenager. Jason flew into a rage after wrongly believing Nathan had been “intimate” with her.
Jason exchanged hundreds of messages with the girl in the days leading up to the attack and just hours before the incident wrote: “It’s the price I have to pay to earn your love.”
He also wrote: ‘I’m going off to kill him” and ‘See you when I get back. I will knock on your door when I have done it.”
Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the brothers lived at the family home on Hawksworth Crescent, Kirkstall, but their mother asked Nathan to move out because of the bad feeling between them over the girl.
The attack happened on December 13 last year in the Tarn pub, Yeadon. Nathan had gone there with his grandmother and Jason joined them later that evening.
Mr Ritchie said Jason bought his brother a pint and challenged him to a game of pool. The barrister said: “Just as he was about to play a shot the defendant attacked Nathan from behind.”
Jason stabbed Nathan four times in the chest, once in the abdomen and once in the back. He also threw pool balls at him.
Mr Ritchie said the landlord told Jason to leave and asked him why he had attacked Nathan. He replied: “He has been messing with a 14-year-old girl.”
As he left the pub he noticed Jason was carrying a double-sided blade. Nathan suffered a punctured lung and had to be taken into intensive care. He had an operation to close the stab wounds and had to have plastic surgery on a serious cut to his finger.
Jason, an employee at the Morrisons store in Kirkstall, dumped the knife in a garden in Rawdon after the attack but showed officers where it was after his arrest. He pleaded guilty to attempted murder.
Mr Ritchie added: “In light of the defendants assertion that he intended to kill his brother in the conversation with (the girl), it is highly likely that he armed himself with the knife with the intention of using it.”
He added that neither brother had ever behaved improperly towards the teenager but Facebook messages revealed they had both declared there love for her.
Sentencing was adjourned until July 3 and Jason was returned to custody until that date.