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Paul Vose jailed for 'frenzied' stabbing of partner

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: July 05, 2012

JAILED: Businessman Paul Vose who attacked his partner.

A PRINTING company owner has been jailed for nine years for stabbing his partner in a frenzied attack which left her close to death.

Paul Vose, 65, left victim Bridget Hearn semi-conscious with serious knife wounds before trying to kill himself by driving his high powered Audi TT car into a wall.

He attacked the 50-year-old after an argument at their home in Northam, near Bideford, during which he armed himself with knives from the kitchen and slashed at her throat.

He left her bleeding heavily upstairs and attacked her again when she staggered downstairs to try to call for help.

She spent days in intensive care and needed an emergency operation to repair damage to her lungs and stomach and to remove a kidney.

One of the 11 stab wounds missed her heart by millimetres.

Vose, of Churchill Way in Northam, who ran Kopy-Kats print shop in Bideford, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent for the attack in March and was jailed for nine years at Exeter Crown Court.

Andrew MacFarlane, for the prosecution, said the attack took place during a domestic argument in their upstairs bedroom at their Northam home.

He said: "He inflicted a number of wounds in his frenzy and then left her and went downstairs to the kitchen determined to end his own life using a number of knives.

"He tried one after another without success and in this time the victim shuffled her way downstairs. He was later to tell police she looked horrendous with blood everywhere.

"She tried to phone for help but he took the phone from her and threatened her with the serrated knife, causing a graze to her throat before he kicked her in the head."

The court heard forensic scientists were able to trace the impact from the blood staining on his shoes which made forceful impact with a part of her body which was covered in blood.

Mr MacFarlane said: "She managed to make her way to the ground floor toilet and he then left the premises determined to cause his death by whatever means he could, this time in a motor car.

"He tried to disable the driver's airbag and found he could not. He discarded his seat belt and he then saw a wall in Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! and drove straight into it.

"He also suffered injuries which were potentially life threatening. She was able to make a 999 call and it is the last thing she can recall before losing consciousness."

Bridget Hearn was found with dangerously low blood pressure and 11 stab wounds on her head, torso and arms. She had been stabbed through the ribs and there was blood in both sides of her chest cavity.

Another wound had gone through her left forearm as she tried to protect herself and she needed an emergency operation after being moved to intensive care.

Her injuries are expected to take at least a year to heal.

Nick Bradley, for the defence, said Vose was full of remorse at his actions which came as the result of a build up of tension in a long standing relationship.

He said: "He is a good man who did a dreadful thing which he will regret for the rest of his life."

Judge Justice Butterfield said: "This was a terrible offence with dreadful consequences for your victim who sustained grave injuries from which she is as yet a long way from recovering.

"You are 65 and of previously good character who is described in letter after letter as thoughtful, good-hearted, generous, considerate and a well respected member of the community.

"You are now in the dock and I have to impose a substantial sentence, though I am satisfied you are deeply remorseful."

"She tried to phone for help but he took the phone from her and threatened her with the serrated knife, causing a graze to her throat before he kicked her in the head."

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