A jealous dad repeatedly stabbed his former partner’s new boyfriend in a frenzied attack in front of his horrified children.
Michael Mallinder’s young son and daughter, aged just nine and 10, begged their dad to stop as he continued stabbing Darren Raistrick at their home in Beighton on Elm Road.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Raistrick was left paralysed from the neck down. Judge Julian Goose jailed Mallinder, aged 47, for 20 years.
Paul Mitchell, prosecuting, told the court Mallinder’s former partner of 13 years, Tina Fitter, had started a relationship with Darren Raistrick, 47.
Mr Mitchell said: “Mallinder reacted badly to the new relationship and was warned by police because of abusive texts he had sent Ms Fitter prior to the knife attack.”
The court heard the couple returned home with the two children after celebrating Mr Raistrick’s birthday on March 6 this year.
Boozed-up Mallinder, turned up at the house on Elm Road and demanded to see his children.
He said: “Bring those kids down or I’ll come in and kill you.”
Neighbours heard shouting and Mallinder forced his way in, knocking Mr Raistrick to the floor.
The violence spilled into the kitchen and Mallinder picked up a kitchen knife and plunged it into Mr Raistrick’s neck.
When the blade snapped, he grabbed a second knife and continued the horror attack in front of the two youngsters and Ms Fitter.
As Ms Fitter called 999, Mallinder continued to stab Mr Raistrick and chillingly told him: “These eyes will be the last ones you see before I kill you.”
Police found Mallinder, of Armstead Road, Brighton, standing ‘calmly’ over the blood-soaked victim who was face down.
He told officers after the attack: “He’s dead, it’s murder, he’s dead.”
He then shouted to Ms Fitter: “I told you not to let him near my kids.”
Mr Mitchell said: “If it wasn’t for the quick response and treatment at the scene by the emergency services, he would have certainly been dead.”
In a statement read out in court, Mr Raistrick said: “This attack has ruined my life.
“I can’t do anything for myself any more and find it extremely degrading that I can’t even go to the toilet by myself.
“My kids struggle to see me as they are too upset to see me like this.
“I now won’t be able to walk down the aisle with my daughter to give her away.
“Mallinder will serve a prison sentence and then come out and live the rest of his life. I can’t do that, I would rather go to prison.
“I feel that no prison sentence will make up for what he has done.
“I’ve been told I will never work again and have lost a lifetime of earnings.”
James Baird, defending, said Mallinder was ‘truly remorseful’ for his actions.
He said: “This is a man who has shown the greatest amount of regret and feels terrible for what he has done.
“His mother wrote a letter to the court and spoke about the break-up of the relationship and the break-up of the family unit and how it had affected him.
“It was clear that on arrival at the house he was not intending to kill anyone.”
Mr Baird said a work colleague had described Mallinder in a statement as a ‘good man’ who ‘never lost his temper’.
Mallinder pleaded guilty to attempted murder at a preliminary hearing on Monday, 9 March.
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