Rugby man asked terrified victim how she wanted to be stabbed

Warwick Crown Court
Warwick Crown Court

A Rugby woman’s two-timing boyfriend chillingly ran a knife blade up her arm as she lay in bed and asked her how she wanted him to stab her.

Violent Danny Wright then lunged towards her chest with a kitchen knife – but the blade struck the breastbone just below his terrified victim’s heart.

Wright, 30, of Buchanan Road, Rugby, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to wounding her with intent, two assaults on his other girlfriend, theft and causing damage.

As part of an ‘extended sentence,’ he was jailed for a total of seven years, of which he will have to serve at least two-thirds, and will then be on licence for the rest of that term and for a further four years.

Prosecutor Scott Coughtrie said both women were sharing the attention of Mr Wright in the early part of this year.

He added the other girlfriend said she had been in a relationship with him for a while, but became concerned about his behaviour because he seemed to be displaying paranoia.

In late February Wright, who had been drinking, saw an e-mail on her phone from someone at her workplace, at which he lost his temper, threw her phone and broke it.

He then armed himself with a knife and a pair of scissors and, holding the scissors to her arm, told her: “Don’t think I won’t do it. I’ve got to do it; I’ve gone too far now.”

The other girlfriend feared for her safety, but he then calmed down and left.

On March 17 Wright turned up at her home pestering her for money but she refused.

When he left she realised he had taken her bank card, and found it had been used to withdraw £200.

She did not hear any more from him until receiving a call from him at six in the morning, and he told her he was at the other woman’s but said he wanted to go back to hers.

She said he could not, at which Wright told her he had stabbed the other woman.

The court heard Wright and the victim, who he had met about two weeks earlier, had spent much of the day drinking.

They got a taxi back to her home where, feeling drowsy because of medication she takes, she got into bed.

But when Wright, who had previous convictions for robbery and wounding with intent, revealed he was on licence from prison, she asked him to leave and followed him to the door.

He then said he was going to have a beer before leaving, so she left him to do so and went back to bed.

His victim then woke to the feeling of cold metal being brushed up and down her arm and saw Wright holding a large knife with a black handle he had got from the kitchen.

He sat on the bed next to her and told her: “You know what’s going to happen now.”

She pulled the blanket up to her chin but Wright said: “It’s gone too far. It’s got to happen, I’m going to jail anyway. It’s got to happen, just accept it.”

She pleaded with him to put the knife down, at which he told her: “You’d say anything to save your life.”

The court was told he then asked: “How do you want me to stab you? How do you want it?”

He then lunged towards her with the knife, aiming at her chest, and she felt a sharp pain and a thump as the blade struck the bone below her heart.

Looking at the wound, Wright said he had gone too far, and made the call to his other girlfriend who went round to the victim’s home.

When she arrived Wright grabbed for her phone and pushed her to the ground, but she managed to get up and fled.

When he was arrested Wright blamed his victim for the half-inch wound, claiming she had caused it herself, and claimed the £200 he stole from the other girlfriend had been a gift.

Paul O’Keefe, defending, said: “Mr Wright has instructed me not to argue against a sentence which would detain him for longer than if he had a determinate sentence. To his credit he has accepted that he needs help.

“When he sits there without alcohol in his system and without cocaine in his system, and not being challenged emotionally and is told what he’s done, he becomes concerned.

“I do not oppose a finding of dangerousness. He believes unless he’s given a structure where he is told he has to complete the courses before he’s considered for release, he won’t do them.

“Unless he receives the help he’s asking for, he’s concerned about his behaviour on his eventual release.”

Jailing Wright, Recorder Michael Burrows QC told him it must have been a terrifying ordeal for his victim, it being made clear she was going to be stabbed and being asked how she wanted to be stabbed.

“You stabbed her in the chest while she was in bed in her own home. Fortunately it did not cause the most serious wound, but it must have been the most terrifying ordeal for her.”