Chesterfield man stabbed in neck by ‘jealous’ girlfriend, court hears

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A man was stabbed in the neck by his “jealous” girlfriend, a court heard.

Terri-Anne Booker attacked Damian Ridsdale after she found messages from his ex-partner on his mobile phone, a jury at Nottingham Crown Court was told today.

Booker denies wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding.

She had been accused of attempted murder but this charge was dropped.

The court heard 29-year-old Booker and Mr Ridsdale had been out with friends on the night of Sunday, April 5, and returned to their home in Devon Drive, Brimington.

Mr Ridsdale fell asleep on the sofa and was awoken in the early hours of the following morning by Booker shouting at him.

Prosecuting solicitor Sarah Knight said: “She’d viewed his mobile phone and seen some messages from his ex-partner.

“Her jealousy flared.

“She flipped and lashed out at him.”

Giving evidence, 32-year-old Mr Ridsdale told the court: “We ended up in the kitchen.

“She was throwing punches at me so I slapped her.

“She got into a squatting position then jumped straight back up and pulled at the knife drawer.

“The drawer came all the way out and she had a knife in her hand.

“I panicked so I slapped her again.

“She came closer to me, got hold of me with her other hand and we both fell to the floor.

“All of a sudden I felt a thud in the side of my neck and I saw blood pumping into the kitchen floor.”

He said Booker left the house and then he called for help.

Mr Ridsdale – who has two children with his previous partner – was treated at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

He told the court he still suffers pain when he yawns and sneezes.

Ms Knight, who said the pair had “a history of domestic disputes”, added: “The long, sharp knife just missed his windpipe.

“Had it done so the consequences could have been fatal.

“It was a 2.5cm wound – a really serious injury.”

Mr Ridsdale, who works at Longleat Safari Park, said: “Terri knew my ex-partner wanted me back.

“We’d occasionally text about the kids – that was a problem.

“It used to create an atmosphere and sometimes arguments.”

He added he had been in a relationship with Booker for two years and described it as “fairly good” with “ups and downs”.

Giving evidence, Mr Ridsdale’s sister Louisa broke down in tears as she recalled the moment she found out her brother had been stabbed.

“That woman put a knife in my brother’s neck,” she said.

“I nearly lost another brother and I’ll never forgive her for that.”

The defence argues that Booker did not intend to stab Mr Ridsdale and that she was protecting herself after he punched her.

Cross-examining Mr Ridsdale, defence solicitor Steven Gosnell said: “I’d like to remind you of an incident in February or March.

“You were both in the defendant’s bedroom having an argument and you strangled her until she became unconscious.”

Mr Ridsdale replied: “That’s when she broke my nose.”

Mr Gosnell described Mr Ridsdale as the “aggressor” who “played the victim”.

Mr Ridsdale denied those claims.

The defence evidence is expected to start tomorrow.

The case continues.

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