A man who stabbed his girlfriend when she refused to rekindle their relationship and then plotted her murder from behind bars must remain in prison indefinitely, judges have ruled.
Ryan Fox, aged 27, has served almost nine years in prison for stabbing his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend when he was 19.
He then plotted her murder while serving his sentence for the knife attack.
He was jailed indefinitely for both incidents after being branded a danger to the public.
Fox, formerly of Sicey Avenue, Shiregreen, launched an appeal against the sentence claiming it was ‘manifestly excessive’ but judges ruled that there was enough evidence to suggest he was dangerous when he was jailed for the stabbing in 2006 and planning the murder in 2007.
The Court of Appeal heard Fox met his ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Broomhead, through an internet chatroom and they had a relationship.
But he could not cope with its breakdown and began sending her abusive and threatening messages, including one in which he described her as ‘dead meat’.
In July 2006, he lay in wait in some bushes and, as she passed with some friends, he pounced, stabbing her three times.
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The blows broke Miss Broomhead’s ribs and punctured her lung, but she survived.
While serving his sentence for the attack, he wrote a letter to his mother saying that something needed to be done and that Miss Broomhead must be killed.
Judges who dealt with both incidents declared him a ‘danger’ and jailed him indefinitely, ordering him to serve a minimum of 78 months behind bars.
It means he will stay in prison until the Parole Board is convinced he is no longer dangerous.
Rejecting his bid for freedom, Lord Justice Elias said: “There was plenty of evidence here to justify the imposition of that sentence.’
“He will be released if and when the Parole Board consider it safe to release him into the community.”