Mum was stabbed as she made 999 call

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A DAD repeatedly stabbed his partner in the chest as she rang police when he turned violent in their family home.

Nicholas Robinson stopped the attack when a nine-year-old girl screamed for him to stop.

Nicholas Robinson

Nicholas Robinson

Robinson, 28, was jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to attempted murder over the attack at the house in Denhale Avenue, Wakefield.

Leeds Crown Court heard Robinson has a long history of violent offences and has previous convictions for attacks on victim Claire Chambers.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said Robinson and Miss Chambers had two children together and had been in a “volatile” relationship for five years before the stabbing on December 27 last year.

A week earlier Miss Chambers had told Robinson the relationship was over after he gave her a black eye.

The prosecutor said: “On December 27 she again told the defendant that she did not want to be with him any more in the family home and described the defendant as sobbing and having a breakdown.”

Miss Chambers phoned police to ask them to come and remove Robinson from the property after an argument developed between them.

The court heard Robinson went into the kitchen and picked up a knife before stabbing her repeatedly in the chest.

Mr Smith said: “She recalls being huddled in a corner and the stabbing only came to a stop when her daughter screamed.”

Four other children were in the house at the time of the attack. Robinson’s sister was also in the house and took the weapon from her brother and pushed him away.

Miss Chambers was stabbed six times and received wounds to her chest, arm, stomach and leg. One knife blow narrowly missed an artery and she had to undergo surgery for the injury to her stomach.

The court heard Miss Chambers was left with scars but had recovered well from the injuries. Robinson cried and sobbed in the dock throughout the hearing.

His barrister Matthew Harding said: “A significant term of imprisonment is inevitable in this case given his previous history and the gravity of the offence.”

Mr Harding said Robinson had problems with alcohol and with controlling his temper but had been responding well to help.

He added: “There is in my submission genuine remorse and clear concern for those he has hurt.” Judge Geoffrey Mason, QC, said: “Some of your children, at the very least, must have seen the immediate aftermath of what you did.”

For help or advice in connection to domestic violence visit or call the service on 0113 246 0401.

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