‘I love her – I will slit my throat’ – knifeman’s 999 call after Sunderland call centre stabbing

Scene outside EDF Energy
Scene outside EDF Energy
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JURORS have heard a dramatic 999 call made by a knifeman who had just stabbed his ex-girlfriend.

David Martin called the emergency services moments after it is claimed he attacked Kate Taylor in the EDF car park at Doxford Park, Sunderland, and said: “I’m the one who has stabbed someone”.

During the call Martin, 31, told the operator he had stabbed Kate Taylor, said “I love her” and threatened to slit his own throat if police officers approached him.

He claimed to have taken 250 paracetamol tablets, broke down in tears and said he needed a psychiatrist.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that Martin, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, who denies wounding with intent, plunged a knife into Miss Taylor, who had ended their relationship six months before, after she refused to get back with him.

After fleeing the scene of the stabbing, Martin called 999 from nearby Woodside Grove.

A recording of the call was played to jurors yesterday.

After telling the operator: “My name is David Martin and I am the one who has stabbed someone”, the knifeman, who was still armed, can be heard shouting at approaching police “get back, get back”.

The operator tries repeatedly to persuade Martin to drop the weapon, but he refuses.

When asked by the call handler why he had stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Martin told her: “I found out she was moving on”.

Martin can be heard sobbing and telling the police to “get back” while warning: “I will slit my throat”.

When asked if there was anyone he would want to speak to, Martin asks for either a psychiatrist or his dad.

Martin tells the operator during the call: “You can’t sort this out, what I’ve done.”

During the conversation, the operator tells Martin: “Kate is conscious and talking. The ambulance is there now.”

After being repeatedly informed Miss Taylor has survived, Martin breaks down again, saying: “I love her.”

He then claims to have taken 250 paracetamol before the call ends, and he is taken into custody by officers who were at the scene.

The trial continues.