South Yorkshire man who stabbed his ex in front of her six year old son has sentence increased

A man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the stomach in front of her six-year-old son has had his "unduly lenient" sentence increased at the Court of Appeal.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 6:32 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 6:32 pm

Jordan Taylor, 27, attacked his former partner after forcing his way into her home in Bramley, Rotherham, shortly before midnight on May 26 2019.

Taylor - formerly of Pike Road in Brinsworth, Rotherham - had been watching his victim from outside her house prior to the attack and waited before she was the only adult in the home before approaching.

He pulled a clump of his victim's hair out before stabbing her once with a kitchen knife, perforating her bowel.

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Sheffield Crown Court.

Taylor refused to call an ambulance and offered the woman £2,000 not to say what had happened, before driving away from the house with her mobile phone. She was eventually taken to hospital and received life-saving emergency surgery.

Taylor was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to six years and nine months imprisonment after pleading guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on the first day of his trial in November.His sentence was increased to nine years and eight months imprisonment in Wednesday following an appeal by the Solicitor General Michael Ellis.

Lord Justice Simon, sitting with Mrs Justice Cutts and Mrs Justice Eady, ruled the aggravating features of the attack - including the "life-threatening injury" inflicted and the "psychological harm" to both the victim and her son - required a greater sentence.

Philip Stott, representing Mr Ellis, earlier told the court that Taylor and the victim had been in a year-long relationship which had ended nearly three years before the attack, but Taylor had been "unable to accept the end of the relationship". He added that there was "a history of previous abuse of the victim" by Taylor.

Mr Stott argued that the fact the attack happened in the victim's home, at night and in front of her young child were all aggravating factors which merited a longer prison term. Allowing the Solicitor General's appeal, Lord Justice Simon said the sentencing judge had "erred in his approach" to the aggravating factors.

The judge added: "Not only was the victim's six-year-old child present, but he was drawn into trying to defend his mother."

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