THE victim of an alleged attempted murder has told the jury she thought she would die.
Kate Taylor gave evidence from behind a screen in court, which blocked her view of ex-boyfriend David Martin – and his of her.
Martin, 30, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, plunged a blade deep into Miss Taylor’s chest during a meeting ouside EDF Energy firm at Doxford Park, Sunderland, where they both worked.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Miss Taylor, who is in her 20s, had not realised the knife was in her chest after Martin lunged at her as she got out of his car.
She told jurors she initially thought her ex had been trying to kiss her and had not realised he had tried to kill her.
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 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.
She told jurors: “I thought I was going to die because of where the wound was.
“I thought I was going to die, I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it to the building or if people were going to find me or not.”
The court heard during the meeting in Martin’s Renault Megane Miss Taylor had told him they would not be getting back together and were unlikely to even be friends in future.
She said: “He was asking if I was seeing anyone, if there was a chance for me and him to get back together.
“I told him the same thing I had always told him, there was no chance. I said I wasn’t seeing anyone else but even if I was it was none of his business.”
Miss Taylor said she had been getting out of the car to go back to work when Martin lunged at her.
Martin denies attempted murder and wounding with intent and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.