Fisherman jailed for knife attack
A jealous boyfriend has been jailed for ambushing his estranged partner in the middle of the night and subjecting her to a terrifying ordeal.
Fisherman Daniel Knight slashed victim Charlotte Hoare's arm with a sheath knife, throttled her with his hands, and tipped a wardrobe on top of her during a prolonged attack.
He followed her back to her home in Brixham and demanded to look at the texts on her phone after seeing her with an arm around another man at a rugby club party.
He became violent when she refused and threatened to leave her two children without a mother to look after them, during a drunken attack fuelled by a nine-pint binge.
Knight, aged 27, of St Mary's Hill, Brixham, admitted wounding and having a bladed article and was jailed for two years by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
Judge Wassall told him: "You armed yourself with a knife and used it to threaten her. There was a struggle and she must have been absolutely terrified."
Jonathan Barnes, prosecuting, said Knight's year long relationship broke up about a month before the attack in March this year at her home in Eden Park, Brixham.
On the night they had seen each other at a rugby club function in Paignton but she went home alone and was asleep when he let himself into her house and woke her at knifepoint at 2 am.
Edward Bailey, defending, said Knight realised he had lost control and will benefit from a course on building better relationships which is only available in the community.
He said: "He accepts that from the moment he woke her up he behaved in an unpleasant and disgraceful manner. He is utterly disgusted with his behaviour and wants to apologise through me."