Man stabbed himself in the chest

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A MAN stabbed himself in the chest after his girlfriend ended their relationship.

Lesley Moss had been talking to John Goodwin through an open window at her Haydock home after he again called round.

He then produced a knife and said he was going to stab himself.

“She told him she was going to call the police and closed the window. She then saw him on the grass outside the house and saw he had stabbed himself in the left side of his chest and was bleeding,” said Christopher Hopkins, prosecuting.

“The police found him unconscious on the front lawn with the knife sticking out of his chest. The knife was removed in hospital following a surgical procedure. It was a small knife with a three inch serrated blade,” he added.

Goodwin, 45, who now lives in Smirthwaite View, Normanton, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and harassment.

He was placed under supervision for two years with attendance on a domestic violence programme and an indefinite restraining order was imposed.

Mr Hopkins told Liverpool Crown Court that Goodwin and the victim, Lesley Moss, had been in a relationship for three years. He told her at an early stage that he has convictions, which include attempted murder.

Their relationship began to deteriorate after eight months with arguments and him accusing her of looking at other people and ultimately he assaulted her.

They broke up on April 13 this year as she was worn down by his behaviour and wanted to end all communication with him.

However, he phoned and texted her and called round at her home and eventually she told the police. On the last occasion about 9 am on June 22 he called round and the stabbing incident occurred.

Philip Astbury, defending, said that Goodwin had difficulties which he needs help to address.