North East Wales

Chirk man who tried to kill girlfriend jailed for 16 years

Scott David Jones and Mold Crown Court Image copyright BBC/Handout

A man who tried to kill his girlfriend with a knife after she told him to leave her Wrexham flat has been jailed for 16 years.

Scott David Jones, 41, of Chirk, told 27-year-old Laura Hartshorn to smoke her last cigarette before the attack at her Weale Court home on 10 May.

He was convicted of attempted murder after a trial.

On Monday, Jones was jailed and made subject to a 15-year restraining order at Mold Crown Court.

Jones, who had denied the charge and insisted he loved Miss Hartshorn, admitted wounding with intent but was found guilty of the more serious offence by a jury.

Judge Rhys Rowlands said: "You claim to have no recollection of what you did that day, putting your memory loss down to the fact that you had been drinking.

"Whether that is a genuine loss of recall, only you will know."

The court heard Jones lived with Miss Hartshorn four or five nights a week at her flat at the time of the attack.

Life-threatening

He had been drinking when, after a row, he threatened to kill Miss Hartshorn and followed her to a bedroom, pulling a large kitchen knife from his jacket.

Jones told her to phone her daughter and smoke her last cigarette before dragging her onto the bed and stabbing her, the judge said.

She suffered potentially life-threatening injuries, with three deep stab wounds to the abdomen and a further four defensive injuries.

Miss Hartshorn has since suffered nightmares and flashbacks and has been unable to return to her home.

Duncan Bould, defending, told the court his now-sober client was deeply remorseful and had taken positive steps to rehabilitate himself.

The judge made Jones subject to a restraining order, barring him from approaching his victim or her address and blocking him from posting anything about her on social media.

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