Michael Wilkes has been jailed after stabbing his friend in the neck
Cruel Michael Wilkes, 71, lost his temper and attacked the frail woman with a knife after the trivial discussion over where they were going got heated.
Wilkes wanted to go to Helston in Cornwall – but his pal Lynette Newell, 59, said she needed to do errands in nearby Camborne.
He told terrified Lynette: “I will kill you, you are getting on my nerves.”
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The victim was left with blood pouring from her neck and Wilkes pulled up outside a police station and told officers: “I have stabbed her, she is outside.”
Wilkes – who was Mrs Newell's unofficial carer and a friend of seven years – has now been jailed for six years and eight months after pleading guilty to attempted murder.
A court heard that Wilkes lost his temper when Mrs Newell wanted to go to a bank in a different town to the one Wilkes wanted to go to.
Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Wilkes, of Helston, Cornwall, walked into Camborne police station with his hands covered in blood at about 2pm on December 19.
The pensioner lost his temper after the pair argued about which bank to visit
Police found his four by four parked outside in one of the marked response bays with Mrs Newell slumped forward in the passenger seat, beeping the horn to attract attention.
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Investigating officer DC Ella Clarke
She had a deep and gaping wound from her neck from her ear to her collar, looked ashen and was cold to the touch.
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Miss Cox said: “She said: 'He stabbed me, he stabbed me.”
She added that Mrs Newell was airlifted to hospital where she was treated for knife wounds to her neck.
Miss Cox said her existing health conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, increased the concerns of doctors – but her injuries were not life-threatening.
The court heard that the victim was later able to tell police that Wilkes had been looking after her in his caravan in the days before.
Miss Cox said Mrs Newell said she had been unwell that day but wanted to go to the bank.
She added: “Rather than go to the bank in Helston, she wanted to go to a bank in Camborne. She was asking him why they were going to a bank in Camborne.”
Wilkes wanted to visit a bank in Helston, Cornwall
Miss Cox said Wilkes became angry, pulled over outside the police station and reached over to pick up a knife with a four-inch blade.
The court heard that Wilkes had not armed himself but the knife had been there for preparing fruit.
Wilkes was also ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation to his victim.
Jo Martin, for Wilkes, said that he was prepared to pay his victim his £21,000 life savings.
She had earlier told the court that the attack had happened in a “black fog”.
Miss Martin said he had become agitated about his accommodation and other problems and the row that day was 'the straw which broke the camel's back'.
Investigating officer DC Ella Clarke said outside court that Mrs Newell had been left “scarred, scared and traumatised”.
She added: “This is an excellent outcome for what could very easily have been a full murder investigation.
“This reinforces our commitment as a Police Service to protect the most vulnerable in our communities, and shows this exceptional example of teamwork by officers from numerous departments at Camborne.
“We encourage victims to come forward and we warn perpetrators that they will be dealt with to the full extent of our powers.”
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