Sunderland knifeman faces jail for brutal stab attack on his female cousin

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A KNIFEMAN is facing life behind bars after stabbing his cousin twice during a senseless attack.

Kyle Curtis plunged the 20cm blade with such ferocity into Natalie Curtis’s back, only the handle could be seen.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that despite being like brother and sister, Curtis turned on his cousin for no reason during the shocking attack in a flat in Ashbrooke, Sunderland.

Curtis has now admitted wounding with intent and has been warned he is facing a substantial prison sentence.

The court heard how the attack took place in Miss Curtis’ father’s flat in The Avenue on Saturday, July 20, last year.

The 21-year-old victim needed emergency treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary after she suffered a punctured lung when her cousin stabbed her.

After his arrest, Curtis, of Gleneagles Road, Grindon, was initially charged with attempted murder.

The court heard how the 21-year-old, who has previous convictions for assaults, had the opportunity to kill Ms Curtis.

Bob Spragg, defending, said: “If that had been his intention then he clearly would have gone ahead and done it.”

Despite the severity of the assault, prosecutor Alec Burns said there was no explanation for Curtis’ actions and the pair had no history of animosity toward each other.

He added: “This is an unexplained incident that Mr Curtis can’t give any reasoning for it. There will be no blame put on the complainant.”

It is understood Ms Curtis has managed to recover from her injuries.

Judge Paul Sloan QC adjourned sentencing for the preparation of reports and asked for case law to be prepared on life and indeterminate sentencing guidelines.

Addressing Curtis, he said: “You must appreciate that a very substantial custodial sentence is inevitable due to the circumstances of this case.”

Curtis was remanded in custody and will be sentenced in five weeks.