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Man caged for knife attack

PUBLISHED: 11:15 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

A 46-YEAR-OLD-MAN had been jailed for seven years for cutting his ex-girlfriend s throat with a bread knife, writes Marina Soteriou. Stephen Thompkins, 46, of Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm after the attack on April 26 this

A 46-YEAR-OLD-MAN had been jailed for seven years for cutting his ex-girlfriend's throat with a bread knife, writes Marina Soteriou.

Stephen Thompkins, 46, of Birkbeck Road, Sidcup, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm after the attack on April 26 this year, but police are not releasing a picture of the thug as they claim it is not in the public interest.

He was jailed on October 5 at Woolwich Crown Court after it was said he dragged his 37-year-old victim around the flat, punched her in the face and body, smashed her face on the end of a wooden bed, bit her cheek and cut her throat with a bread knife. Police were called to Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, at 6:50am by a nurse where the victim had gone to after she had waited for Thompkins to fall asleep.

The receptionist could see the victim's face beginning to bruise and swell and the injuries to her neck were severe. She received medical treatment for her neck wound and cuts and bruises to her armpit, back and torso. Upon their arrival, police officers saw that her both of her eyes were blackened and her face and one of her ears were swollen and bruised.

Initially the victim did not tell police who had assaulted her, but later came forward to make a statement.

A friend of hers told officers that Thompkins had called her saying "I tried to cut her head off".

He was arrested on the day of the attack, remanded in custody and charged two days later.


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