Stabbing accused ‘used knife on himself to relieve depression’

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A MAN accused of trying to murder his ex-girlfriend would hold blades against his skin as a bizarre pressure release in the weeks before the stabbing, a court heard.

David Martin is accused of plunging a knife into Kate Taylor’s chest during a meeting in his car outside EDF Energy in Sunderland, where they both worked, last May.

He claims she became impaled accidentally, and he is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court on charges of attempted murder and wounding with intent, which he denies.

While giving evidence from the witness box yesterday, Martin told jurors he would frequently hold a knife against his own wrist or throat as a way of relieving his depression and panic attacks.

The 30-year-old, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, said he would frequently carry weapons around and even carried knives at work in the weeks before the stabbing.

Martin told jurors: “I would use a knife and hold it against my wrist or my throat and just put pressure on. It was like a release.”

Martin said he would even carry out the ritual at work.

He said: “I would go into the toilet for five to 10 minutes at a time.

“They didn’t know what I was doing, but I would go to the toilet and I would hold the knife against my wrist or throat.”

The trial continues.