A man stabbed his ex-girlfriend 14 times in her Radlett home, then poured bleach on her and fled the scene.
Frank Brinkley, aged 52, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 10 years on December 7, after pleading guilty to common assault, attempted murder and throwing a corrosive substance.
The first charge relates to an incident in Radlett town centre on the afternoon of May 3 this year.
Brinkley’s former girlfriend, aged in her 40s, and her current partner, aged in his 30s, were sat on a bench when Brinkley approached them and began verbally abusing them.
They both got up to walk away when Brinkley hit his ex-girlfriend’s new partner on the back of the head in an unprovoked attack.
The second and third charges relate to an incident on the afternoon of May 27 this year, when Brinkley turned up at his former partner’s home in Scrubbits Square, Radlett in possession of a knife and forced his way into the address.
He chased her into the bathroom and launched a violent attack, stabbing her 14 times, which left her soaked in blood. He also threw bleach over her before fleeing the scene, with the knife he used still in his back pocket.
Despite her injuries, the female victim managed to call the emergency services. Officers attended the scene alongside paramedics and she was taken to a London hospital for emergency surgery to her arms and torso. She has now made a full recovery.
Brinkley was arrested in London Colney two days later, on May 29. He still had the knife believed to have been used to attack his former girlfriend in his back pocket.
Detective constable Natalia Allodi-Robertson, from the Domestic Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said: “This is absolutely the right result for the victim. Brinkley stabbed her in frenzied attack fuelled by jealousy, before throwing bleach over her and fleeing the scene without any concern for her welfare. It must have been a terrifying situation for her.
“The doctors who operated on the female victim said it was pure luck that the knife had missed her vital organs. I want to commend her bravery in this case, as her support of our investigation means Brinkley has today been sentenced to a long period behind bars.
“Brinkley will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years however, if he were ever released it would be on licence and he would be closely monitored for the rest of his life because he has shown himself to be a danger to others.”
Anyone affected by domestic abuse in Hertfordshire can get guidance and support via the Herts Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 808 8088 or by visiting the Herts Sunflower website www.HertsSunflower.org