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Wiltshire Man Sentenced For Stabbing Ex-Lover’s Boyfriend

A Wiltshire man has been sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison yesterday after admitting a charge of wounding his ex-lover’s new boyfriend with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Bristol Crown Court heard that Mark Pritchard arrived at the home of his former gay lover Lee Corbin in Totterdown, dressed in a theatrical animal outfit, holding roses and love letters last October.

The Bristol Post reported that Mr Pritchard, from Warminster,  managed to persuade his ex’s new boyfriend, Martin Williams, that he was carrying a “special delivery” from Mr Corbin, who was away on holiday. After reading out a number of love letters he had written himself, Pritchard persuaded Mr Williams to blindfold himself and wait in bed for “some treasure”.

The court heard from the prosecution that Mr Pritchard after persuading entry, he attempted to use ‘primitive anaesthetic chloroform’ to make his victim pass out.  Instead a struggle broke out which resulted in Mr Williams getting two stab wounds to the hip and neck as well as additional defensive injuries.
“Mr Pritchard then carried him downstairs into the living room, where Mr Williams begged him for help, telling him he would die otherwise.” The Prosecution told the court, “Pritchard fled the scene after giving Mr Williams towels to hold against his wounds. Mr Pritchard was found by police the same day and a number of receipts were found in his car, for items including roses and costume hire.”Sentencing  Lord Justice Ford said: “This was done in jealous rage but it wasn’t spontaneous – it had been planned. I take into account that you are a man of 46 years old with no prior convictions but this is a case that shows signs of premeditation”

As well as handing a sentence of eight years and eight months, Mr Pritchard has also been issued with a restraining order.