Man Brutally Stabbed Wife After Telling Her He Had 'A Present' For Her
A man who told his wife he had a 'present for her' before brutally stabbing her has been convicted of attempted murder.
Shaun May placed a tea towel over his wife Laura's eyes before asking her to guess what the 'present' might be.
As she lay there, he began counting down from 10, while walking about and muttering, 'come on Shaun', a court heard.
He then launched the sickening attack in which he stabbed her so hard between her shoulder and neck the handle of the knife broke, the Mirror reports.
May, 34, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court last week where he admitted to the attack but denied attempted murder.
His wife said the couple 'really loved each other' and had been together for six years before the attack.
On the day of the attack, May had got up at around 5am after saying he had 'heard a sound'. He came back to bed and the couple had sex, after which May told his wife: "I've got a present for you. Would you like it?"
Mrs May told the court: "I said yes and he told me to close my eyes, which I did.
"He told me to lay on my back, which I did and he placed something over my eyes. I thought it was a tea towel."
He then paced the room while counting down, but Mrs May said he never got to zero and she began to get impatient.
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She told the court: "I said to him, 'This had better be a puppy', because we had talked about having one, but he said, 'It's not a puppy'.
"Then it was just silent, and I suddenly felt a pressure on my shoulder. I thought an animal had been thrown on me, something was clawing at me.
"I was screaming, 'I can't get it off, I can't get it off'. I must have reached up there at some point and realised there was nothing there, no animal. But there was something rectangular in there. I thought it was a clamp or some kind of Halloween prop because I could feel blood trickling down.
"I shouted, 'This isn't real'. He said to me, 'This is real'. He sounded so calm."
Mrs May said she sat up and looked at the wound and then saw her husband holding two knives and threatening to kill himself.
She told him to put the knives down and asked why he had attacked her, to which he said he had been fired from his job the previous day and was worried about how he would keep up with mortgage payments.
When asked how her husband seemed, she said: "He was upset about the fact he had lost his job and seemed more worried about that.
"He said something like, 'You are not going to be with me now. Look what I've done'. I was in complete shock and said, 'It's fine. We will get through this'."
May then drove his wife to the hospital where she told medics she had tripped and fallen onto a knife, before breaking down in tears and admitting what actually happened.
May was found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced on 16 October.
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