Jury fails to reach verdict in Sunderland EDF stabbing case

Scene of the alleged incident

Scene of the alleged incident

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A JURY in the trial of a man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend has been discharged.

Prosecutors claim David Martin, 31, deliberately plunged a kitchen knife into Kate Taylor’s chest after she refused to get back with him.

The attack is said to have happened in the car park of EDF Energy at Doxford Park, Sunderland, where they both worked last May.

Martin, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, denied wounding with intent and was tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

He told jurors the blade went into Miss Taylor accidentally during a struggle when he was trying to get her attention.

After a trial lasting nine days and almost 15 hours’ deliberation, the jury failed to reach a verdict. Judge Paul Sloan QC discharged the panel and the case will be back in court next Friday.