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Man handed 20 years for attempted murder

Custody image of Jacob Davey

A man has been sentenced to 20 years after attempting to kill a man at his home in Wiveliscombe.

Jacob Davey, 31, was handed the sentence at Bristol Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 28 July) after pleading guilty to the attempted murder.

Davey, of Langley Marsh Road in Wiveliscombe, entered the victim’s home in Tuckers Meadow at 6.15am on New Year’s Day believing the victim was in a relationship with Davey’s ex-partner. He entered the property wearing stockings covering his head and face and wielding a knife.

After a struggle in the hallway, the defendant stabbed the victim multiple times in the head and in the upper body, one wound resulted in a punctured lung. The incident was witnessed by the victim’s disabled mother.

The victim, 40, was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital by ambulance with serious injuries.  He has been left with several scars and his chest often gets tight.

The lead investigating officer, DC Karen Pattison, said: “I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of this investigation.

“A savage, unprovoked attack was launched on a defenceless victim in front of his disabled mother in the early hours of New Year’s Day in a small village, which had an impact on the wider community, which is a small, quiet, close-knit village.

“The scars are a permanent reminder to the victim and he hates to look in the mirror because seeing them remind him how close he came to dying that night. He suffers nightmares and has become more way of people now, especially those with face masks on.

“He no longer wanted to go out after dark and his mum, for whom he is her sole carer, does not like to be left on her own at night. However, the sentence has given Jake the courage to move on and not let this incident stop him from living his life. This now gives them closure and they are able to feel safe in their home once more.”

Davey’s 20-year sentencing comprises of 16 years in prison and an additional four years’ on extended licence.