‘My ex knifed me in a call centre car park’

Scene of the alleged crime, near EDF, Doxford International, Sunderland.
Scene of the alleged crime, near EDF, Doxford International, Sunderland.
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A KNIFE victim told a court how her spurned boyfriend stabbed her outside their workplace after she refused to get back with him.

Kate Taylor initially thought David Martin had tried to kiss her during a meeting in his car ouside EDF Energy firm at Doxford Park, Sunderland.

She told a jury at Newcastle Crown Court of the moment she realised he had tried to kill her, giving evidence from behind a screen, which blocked her view of Martin.

She said: “I thought he was trying to grab me or get hold of me and kiss me or trying to pull me into the car.

“Then obviously I realised what

was happening. There was just

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blood everywhere and obviously I saw the knife, or part of the knife coming out of my chest and in his hand.”

Miss Taylor told the court she headed back to where she worked after the attack in the car park on May 11 last year.

She told jurors: “I thought I was going to die because of where the wound was.

“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the building or if people were going to find me or not.”

Martin, 30, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, denies attempted murder and wounding with intent.

The court heard Miss Taylor, who is in her 20s, reluctantly met with Martin in his Renault Megane to tell him they would not be getting back together and were unlikely to even be friends after he had “bombarded” her with messages about their break-up in November 2011.

But as she got of the car to go back to work Martin lunged at her.

Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell QC told the court: “The prosecution case is the defendant stabbed her and that when he did so he intended to kill her.

“At the very least he intended to cause her really serious harm.”

Mr Campbell showed jurors the black-handled knife that had been left sticking out of Miss Taylor’s chest, just above her left breast where she believed her heart was.

He said: “She saw the blood soaking into her clothing.

“She had not seen the knife before and she had not felt it entering her body.

“At that point she felt no pain, just pressure on her chest.

“She was terrified, believing she was about to die.”

Miss Taylor managed to kick the car door open and stagger for help after she pulled the weapon out of her chest.

She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with a “gaping wound”, which fortunately had missed her heart and lungs.

Martin was arrested nearby and claimed he had taken 250 paracetamol after the stabbing.

He claims Miss Taylor accidentally impaled herself on the knife, when he held it against her skin as an act of asking for help.

The trial continues.

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