Jailed: Knifeman who tried to kill his own cousin in Sunderland home

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A KNIFEMAN plunged a blade right through his cousin’s body after warning her “I will be the one who kills you”.

Kyle Curtis attacked and tried to strangle cousin Natalie as she screamed and begged him to stop.

After stabbing her so hard that the blade went handle-deep, Curtis, 21, left her for dead, muttering “sorry” as he walked out the door.

Now, Curtis is beginning a nine-year prison sentence after admitting the brutal assault which left Natalie needing life-saving surgery

Jailing him, Judge John Milford QC said: “You delivered two powerful blows to this woman’s abdomen, you clearly are a dangerous young man.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Curtis and his cousin, who had grown up “like brother and sister”, had been drinking at Natalie’s father’s flat in The Avenue, Ashbrooke, when he went into the kitchen and picked up the knife. Returning to the living room, Curtis asked Natalie to stand up, but she 

Alec Burns, prosecuting, said: “They then decided to go to the pub and as she stood up, the defendant moved over towards her, stabbing her twice with the 20cm long knife.”

The first knife wound left Natalie with a punctured lung, while the second went through her whole body, narrowly missing every vital organ.

Scrambling to try to get her mobile phone, Curtis grabbed it from Natalie before trying to strangle her.

Mr Burns said: “She started to scream but he put his hand over her mouth. She managed to get up but he grabbed her by the hair, he then hit her and bit her on the mouth.

“He said “you should have taken the easy option” and as he left the flat he said “sorry”.

The bleeding victim, who thought she was dying, managed to ring 999 and Curtis was later arrested, telling police “I have killed the love of my life” and “if you let me go there’ll be lots of murders”.

Curtis, who was on licence from a previous attack at the time, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.

The court was told the defendant had, on an earlier occasion, said to Natalie “I will be the one who kills you”.

Sentencing, Judge Milford QC said: “The victim in this case is your cousin.

“For reasons only understood by yourself, you armed yourself with a knife and caused injuries that caused her life to be put in danger. If it had not been for surgical intervention, she would have died.”

The judge said he accepted Curtis, of Gleneagles Road, Grindon, suffered from a personality disorder and sentenced him to nine years, four months. He will remain on an extended period of licence for five years.