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Scorned boyfriend stabs love rival who had slept with his partner

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A love rival was stabbed by a man with a kitchen knife after he revealed he was having an affair with his girlfriend.

Ian Wakeham, 38, wounded Darren Atkins with the weapon near a block of flats after the fight spilled into a communcal area.

A court heard a large crowd of neighbours witnessed the assault in Pontprennau, Cardiff, on New Year’s Day. It left the victim with six stab wounds, reports Wales Online.

The incident happened when Wakeham was involved in an altercation with his then girlfriend, during which Mr Atkins arrived at the flat and told the defendant he had been sleeping with his partner.

But today Wakeham was sentenced to a total of 24 months imprisonment at Cardiff Crown Court.

Sentencing the thug, Recorder David Payne said: “During the incident you used a highly dangerous weapon, the knife, and stabbed Darren Atkins repeatedly. More blows and attempts to stab were delivered by you than the six wounds.” 

Mr Atkins arrived at the party when Wakeham and his girlfriend were having an argument. Mr Atkins grabbed the defendant by the scruff of his neck but Wakeham pushed him to the floor and a brawl ensued.

David Pinnell, prosecuting, said Mr Atkins was punched by the defendant to the point where he was dazed if not unconscious.

He described a “melee” taking place during which Wakeham was assaulted by another with a potato peeler. He then went back to his girlfriend’s flat and armed himself with a kitchen knife.

When he and Mr Atkins resumed the fight, Wakeham repeatedly stabbed the victim causing him six wounds to his hands and torso. These included two 1.5cm wounds to his chest, a 1.5cm wound to the left hand, a 2cm wound to the right upper arm, and two 1.5cm wounds to the right upper back. There was also a graze to the chin.

Wakeham, of Ely, Cardiff, was arrested and appeared to be intoxicated, as was Mr Atkins. The defendant later pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. The court heard he had numerous low level previous convictions, but was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm 23-years ago.

Defence barrister Jenny Yeo said her client came from a “turbulent background” having spent time in the care system and was homeless during his teens. She said the defendant was concerned about losing his flat should he be sent back to prison, and wished to get clean from drugs.

When he and Mr Atkins resumed the fight, Wakeham repeatedly stabbed the victim causing him six wounds to his hands and torso. These included two 1.5cm wounds to his chest, a 1.5cm wound to the left hand, a 2cm wound to the right upper arm, and two 1.5cm wounds to the right upper back. There was also a graze to the chin.

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