A jilted lover who slashed a student’s throat after she ended their two-month romance has been jailed for eight years.
Gary Davies, 26, wanted to teach his ex a lesson when he attacked her with a serrated kitchen knife in her halls of residence at Lancaster University shortly after the beginning of the academic year.
Davies was cleared of attempted murder after “sawing” at Robyn Clegg-Gibson’s throat, leaving a 7cm cut he hoped would scar.
But he admitted wounding with intent and false imprisonment after locking the teenager in her bedroom at the university where they both studied.
In the early hours of September 30 last year Davies returned to Miss Clegg-Gibson’s house to look for his keys, which he claimed to have lost.
Miss Clegg-Davies, who had recently ended their relationship, became uncomfortable with Davies in her bedroom and he was asked to leave.
He refused and as Miss Clegg-Gibson rang the police he went into the kitchen, grabbed a knife, returned and locked the door behind him.
Threatening Miss Clegg-Gibson with the knife, he told her to ring the police again and tell them not to come. But a few minutes later, a police officer arrived and asked Davies to open the door, causing him to panic.
During the trial, Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said: “He started to saw at her neck. She was trying to stop him.” Davies was stopped when the police officer kicked down the door.
Giving evidence at Preston Crown Court, Davies said he had originally picked up a pair of scissors to scare her.
He said: “I wanted to scare her but I didn’t think scissors were intimidating enough, then I saw the knife in the drawer. I was angry and upset and I wanted to leave a scar.
Judge Christopher Cornwall, sentencing, jailed Davies and made a lifetime restraining order banning him from contacting his victim directly or indirectly.