Bentilee man George Simpson jailed for stabbing ex-partner Carol Bailey with screwdriver, leaving her fighting for life
JILTED boyfriend George Simpson has been jailed for nine years after attempting to murder his ex-partner with a screwdriver.
The 58-year-old left Carol Bailey fighting for her life after stabbing her nine times as she walked home from her daughter's Abbey Hulton school.
Witnesses saw the 58-year-old pacing up and down Abbey Road, on May 21, before launching his frenzied assault on the mother-of-six near Abbey Hulton Primary School.
Simpson, of Beverley Drive, Bentilee, then remained at the scene as his victim lay dying; and when police arrived he immediately admitted what he had done.
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Miss Bailey suffered a damaged pulmonary artery and needed life-saving treatment in hospital.
Judge Simon Tonking told Simpson: "You accept that you intended to kill Carol Bailey, and you very nearly succeeded.
"When she got to hospital, the cardiac surgeon said she was dying, and close to death.
"She was only saved by his prompt action and that of others. They carried out immediate open heart surgery to repair the damage that you had done.
"As a result of that attack she has suffered lasting effects. She has scarring, and suffers from nightmares."
The court heard Simpson had lived with 50-year-old Miss Bailey for a period at her home in Abbey Lane, Abbey Hulton.
He had been cautioned in January 2011 after punching and kicking his partner, and after she had ended the relationship he had continued to send her abusive text messages.
The court heard Simpson attacked Miss Bailey because he was angry at the end of their 18-month relationship. He also believed Miss Bailey had cheated him out of thousands of pounds for work at her house.
Prosecutor David Bennett said Simpson had been waiting for Miss Bailey in Abbey Road prior to the attack.
He said: "She was walking home on her own when she noticed the defendant. He raced towards her and wrestled her to the ground. He said, 'I'm going to kill you, you bitch'."
Patrick Thompson, mitigating, said his client accepted that nothing could excuse or justify what he had done.
But he added: "He had only one caution against his name, and before this relationship he was of good character.
"Because of the stress he was experiencing, he was suffering from a mental disorder at the time. That is no defence, but that is something the court can properly take into account."
Following yesterday's sentence, Detective Inspector Steve Maxfield said: "This was a premeditated attempt by Simpson to seriously injure his former partner due to ongoing difficulties in their relationship.
"Simpson was intent on harming his victim and used force as he inflicted several puncture wounds."