Man sent to jail for 11 years after trying to stab wife to death

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A man has been jailed for 11 years for trying to kill his wife after they argued about his burning their wedding photoraphs.

Leeds Crown Court heard Peter Day told police later that he had been having problems in his relationship with his wife Julie who was seeing another man.

He believed she was going to give their marriage another chance but she had not come home the previous night which she had also done on previous occasions returning only to change her clothes.

Michael Smith prosecuting told the court when she arrived on the morning of June 9 to do that he went out briefly before returning and it was then she realised he had burned wedding photographs and other wedding memorabilia.

He said he did so because as far as he was concerned their relationship was over and asked her why she had come to the house in St Paulinas Close, Dewsbury.

She went upstairs to change and it was then Day armed 
himself with a kitchen knife with a blade of 20cms and followed her.

Mr Smith said Day pushed his wife on the bed and she saw he had a knife. He straddled her but dropped it only to pick it up and stab her in the chest.

She was screaming and begging him not to hurt her but he then pulled out the knife, changed his grip so it was held in both hands and “forced it into her chest again.”

Her husband left the house and told neighbours 
he had killed or tried to kill his wife and called the police.

He told the operator: “I’ve just tried to kill Julie, I’ve just tried to kill my wife.”

Her husband was subsequently arrested at Dewsbury railway station. After arguing about the burning of the wedding photos he did not 
remember anything until being on top of her with a knife and blood at the scene. He said he was sorry.

Day, 50, admitted attempting to murder his wife.

Jailing him Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said he accepted the behaviour was out of character but he had armed himself with a knife.

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