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Man found guilty of attempting to murder former partner

Custody image of Liam Davis
Liam Davis

A man who stabbed his former partner nine times with four different knives has been found guilty of attempting to murder her.

Liam Davis, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, repeatedly stabbed his former partner Jodie at an address in the Southmead area of Bristol in April.

The 26-year-old admitted GBH and denied attempted murder at a trial at Bristol Crown Court but was today (Thursday 29 September) found guilty by a jury. He was remanded in custody pending a sentencing hearing which will be held on a future date.

The jury was told Davis slapped Jodie and pulled her hair following an argument before stabbing her with kitchen knives.

Neighbours heard the incident take place and shortly afterwards found Jodie collapsed outside on the pavement where they provided first aid until the emergency services arrived.

The court heard after attacking Jodie, Davis drove to a relative’s address where he told them he thought he had killed her.

Shortly afterwards he turned up at Broadbury Road Police Station in south Bristol where he was then arrested.

Investigating officer David Nicholls said: “During the trial, Davis claimed he’d been depressed and reacted to Jodie pulling at his top during an argument.

“He admitted trying to cause her harm but denied trying to kill her.

“It was clear from the fact he used four knives and directed his attacks at both her chest and throat that he wasn’t simply trying to cause her injury.

“Thankfully, Jodie has made a full physical recovery. Knowing the offender was a former partner, someone who she once had a relationship with, is however something more difficult to come to terms with.

“She has shown tremendous bravery in standing up in court and giving evidence against Davis and I hope his conviction provides her with some form of closure.”

We’d urge anyone who is in abusive relationship, or anyone who suspects someone they know to be in an abusive relationship, to reach out and speak to us. We are here, and we can help.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse call 101 and talk to the police. If you can’t speak, call 101 and dial 55, this will alert the phone operator who will put you straight through to the police. If you aren’t comfortable talking to the police, we encourage you to speak to a specialist service in your area.

More information about organisations and services for domestic abuse victims can be found at www.thisisnotanexcuse.org