Man ‘attacks wife’ in knife horror

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A MAN shouted “I’m going to kill you” as he attacked his wife with a knife in front of her children, a court heard.

David Egan allegedly used a craft knife to repeatedly slash the 40-year-old woman until her nine-year-old son managed to push the defendant out of their home.

The 42-year-old decorator, of Ettrick Avenue, Fleetwood, denies the attempted murder of his wife, wounding with intent to do her grievous bodily harm and threatening to kill her new boyfriend.

A jury at Preston Crown Court was told Egan had left their marital home on Boothroyden in North Shore and his wife had filed for divorce in March this year.

But Egan turned up at the house on April 7 and when his wife questioned why he had a screwdriver in his back pocket, he turned on her.

Paul Cummings, prosecuting, said Egan had struggled to come to terms that his wife had begun a new relationship after he had moved out of their home.

He said: “Egan and his wife had been married for eight years and that relationship had been off and on.

“He was struggling to come to terms with the reality of the situation.

“There is evidence there had been phone calls and text messages indicating his disgust with the relationship and his wife’s new partner.

“The police recovered one Facebook message, which said ‘Dave Egan is ready to kill’ just seven days before the attack.”

The court heard Egan and his wife had met up earlier the same day so Egan could see their three-year-old son.

The visit had gone well but Egan turned up at his wife’s home around 8.20pm later that evening carrying a rucksack containing his decorating tools, including a Stanley knife.

In a video interview played to the jury, the victim told police: “I went to the front door and he was sat on the wall.

“I noticed a screwdriver in his back pocket and I asked him why have you got a screwdriver.

“He ran up to the house but I couldn’t shut the door quick enough.

“I shouted to my daughter to phone the police.

“He got a knife out of his pocket and started slashing my left hand side.

“At that point the baby was trying to get through to the porch way. All I could think about was trying to save him from getting hurt.

“All I can remember is him saying he was going to kill me.

“He had hold of my hair and he was slashing at me. He was like a mad man.

“Somehow I got through to the kitchen. When I looked up my son was getting him out of the house and saying ‘please, go.’

“The police arrived and an officer saw the extent of my injuries.

“She put a towel on my back, if it wasn’t for her I would be dead now.”

The court heard Egan had also threatened to ram the screwdriver through the heart of his wife’s new boyfriend before fleeing the scene.

The mum-of-four suffered slash injuries to her lower back and left thigh and lacerations to her chest, chin, right hand and feet.

She was rushed to the high dependency unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and had to undergo surgery.

Egan was found later that evening on a street behind the Promenade.

Mr Cummings added: “He was slumped over on the pavement. He had got two bottles of vodka with him. The knife with traces of blood was recovered next to him.

“He admitted he had gone back to the house that evening. He said there was an argument, she said something and he snapped. He was angry. He denies that he intended to kill his wife.”

(Proceeding)