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Cold-hearted boyfriend admits slitting his partner's throat & leaving her for dead - as her children were upstairs
30 Apr | 14:08

Molyneaux pleaded guilty to attempted murder and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court in June

A cold-hearted boyfriend has admitted slitting his partner’s throat and leaving her for dead.

Karl Molyneaux, 52, turned his partner’s life “upside down” after carrying out the horrific attack in her South Shields kitchen as her two teenage children were upstairs.

After cutting her throat, Molyneaux fled the address and left her bleeding heavily on the floor – before calling police from a petrol station and confessing to his crime.

By that point, the victim – after being found downstairs with multiple stab wounds by her children – had been taken to hospital by ambulance staff for life-saving surgery.

Molyneaux, of Eglesfield Road, South Shields, admitted attempted murder when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court today (Thursday). He is due to be sentenced later this year.

Detective Sergeant Gaye Martin, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was an appalling and cowardly attack as Molyneaux – somebody with no previous offending history – attempted to kill somebody who he should have been caring for.

“His actions were cold and sinister, leaving his girlfriend to fight for her life with catastrophic injuries as he brazenly left the address with her two teenage children upstairs.

“I would like to praise the victim for the incredible bravery and strength that she has shown throughout this case. She and her children will inevitably have to live with what happened that night for the rest of their lives.

“I sincerely hope that Molyneaux’s conviction allows them some kind of closure as they look to move on from this awful ordeal. I have no doubt that the actions of the victim’s children that night saved their mum’s life – and they should be incredibly proud of that.

“Molyneaux is a dangerous man who showed that he cannot be trusted to live in a lawful society. He is incredibly fortunate that he is not facing a murder charge – and now must deal with the very serious consequences of his actions when he is sentenced.”

Police were called to the victim’s address in South Shields at about 8.30pm on March 11 and found the victim with serious injuries to her neck and arm.

A short time later, Molyneaux – who had known the victim for more than 10 years before their friendship became a relationship – rang the Force’s control room from a nearby petrol station and admitted carrying out the offence.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with attempting to kill his girlfriend.

In a statement prepared for court, the victim said: “I am extremely upset and in disbelief that Karl has done this to me – I cannot believe he is capable of this.

“I am worried about my children as they were in my house at the time and I had to ask them for help. I tried to help myself but I was in so much pain.

“This has turned my world upside down. I need to know why this has happened.”

Molyneaux is due to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on June 26.

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