‘You need to learn to live without me’ – woman’s words to ex before alleged stabbing outside Sunderland call centre

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A WOMAN told her ex boyfriend “you need to learn to live without me” just hours before he plunged a knife into her chest, a court heard.

David Martin stabbed former partner Kate Taylor with a kitchen knife during a meeting in the car park of EDF Energy in Doxford Park, Sunderland, where they both worked, last May, it is claimed.

Scene outside EDF Energy

Scene outside EDF Energy

Miss Taylor, who told the court she thought the 31-year-old was trying to give her a kiss when he lunged at her, was left with a four inch, gaping wound above her left breast.

Martin, of Telford Road, Thorney Close, Sunderland, denies wounding with intent and is being tried by a jury.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the couple had split in November 2011 and despite Miss Taylor refusing his repeated requests to get back together, they had remained in contact.

Jurors have heard extracts from emails the former couple exchanged in the weeks leading up to the attack.

In one message sent in early May, Martin told Miss Taylor, who he had called “Queen Kate” and “Sexy Kate”: “I’m so hopelessly in love with you Kate, I can’t not think about you.

“I am the key and you are definitely the lock.

“I just love, I mean really, really love everything about you, everything, everything, everything.”

During an email exchange on May 11 last year, just hours before the attack, Miss Taylor had told Martin: “It’s over, we are now just friends but the way things are going I can see us falling out as you still want everything your way.”

Martin had said during his reply “don’t just cut me off” and asked Miss Taylor to meet him during their lunchbreak.

He said to her: “Have a fag with me on dinner and I wont text, email or phone you again.”

Miss Taylor had told Martin: “I’m not trying to be a bitch but you need to learn to live without me” before she agreed to meet him that day.

The trial continues.