Bloke tried to ‘chop love rival’s d*** off’ as he flew into jealous rage at ex’s house
33-year-old James Cunliffe has been found guilty of attempted murder after barging into his ex-girlfriend’s house and taking a kitchen knife to his love rival’s groin
A ‘jealous’ man tried to cut off his ‘love rival’s penis’ in a brutal attack after he stormed into the house of his ex-girlfriend.
The 33-year-old and from Leigh in Greater Manchester was so enraged after spotting his ex-girlfriend with the man that he barged into her house and repeatedly stabbed him.
Both of the men had been in on-off relationships with her, Manchester Crown Court heard.
After being found guilty, Cunliffe will be sentenced next month, reports the Manchester Evening News.
He had known the woman for about two years, but prior to the attack, on March 22, they had fallen out. A restraining order stopping Cunliffe from seeing her had previously been imposed, but it had been ‘largely ignored’.
Cunliffe claimed he went to the house at about 7.30pm to pick up some clothes, where he found his ex and his victim drinking and listening to music.
The court heard how Cunliffe rugby tackled his love rival to the floor, before grabbing a kitchen knife and stabbing him seven times during the ‘horrendous’ attack.
He suffered a punctured lung and wounds to his head, arm and groin, as well as injuries to his testicles.
The victim later told police: “He was trying to chop my d*** off, he was trying to cut me down there on purpose.
“I actually thought I was going to die, I thought I was going to die on that floor.”
After the attack, Cunliffe went to his uncle’s house with his t-shirt covered in blood.
“I’ve just stabbed him up,” Cunliffe told him.
He washed his hands and put on a fresh shirt, before adding: “I’m going to the shop for some cans, I’ll see you in ten years.”
In court, Cunliffe claimed he didn’t intend to kill the man, with his barrister describing the attack as ‘spontaneous’.
A jury still found him guilty of attempted murder.
In a text message to the woman prior to the attack, Cunliffe said: “Trust me, I’m capable of a life sentence, so don’t f****** wind me up.”
Following the attack, the victim spent four days in hospital, with prosecutors saying he was ‘lucky not to have been killed’.
The victim explained in court that he’d only met Cunliffe twice, but that the pair had messaged each other.
He hadn’t spoken to the woman for ‘months’ but had been invited round to her home that day.