‘I snapped’

Jonathan Mallinson who was given an indeterminate prison sentence for GBH
Jonathan Mallinson who was given an indeterminate prison sentence for GBH

A jilted man who hit his ex-girlfriend over the head with a crow bar and stabbed her friend 14 times has been told he will serve a minimum of 6 years in prison.

Jonathan Mallinson, 22, left his teenage girlfriend with a fractured skull after she said she was dumping him via text message.

She had gone with a friend to the flat her and Mallinson shared in Range Court, Boothtown, to collect some of her belongings on July 13 last year.

He asked if he could speak to her privately in their bedroom before clubbing his with the metal bar, leaving her unconscious.

Mallinson then entered the hall and repeatedly stabbed the second girl ten times in the head and four in the neck with a 4inch knife while telling her that she wouldn’t leave the flat alive.

Bradford Crown Court then heard how he then called the emergency services, telling them that he “had snapped.”

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick told the court that Mallinson had admitted the offence but that he loved his girlfriend very much and that he never wanted to hurt her.

“He told police that he couldn’t remember the assault but that nobody else was in the flat so it must have been him,” said Mr Capstick.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Michelle Colborne QC, defending, said Mallinson was “mortified” by his actions, but that he had sought help from his GP for depression in the year before the attack.

“When he realised he was going to lose his partner he handled it badly,” she said.

“He really was not acting normally and was not in his right mind at the time. He hadn’t slept at all for five days.

“As soon as the realisation of what had occurred became apparent he did everything in his power to seek assistance for the victims.

“It is done, and he is sorry,” she added.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall told Mallinson, “The injuries show a sustained, violent and monstrous attack on the young women from which they will never recover.

“Without hesitation, I come to the conclusion that I would be failing in my duty if I did not conclude that you are a very significant danger.”

He added that had Mallinson received a determinate sentence he would have served 12 years, but instead gave him an indeterminate sentence and will serve a minimum of 6 years, after which time his mental state will be assessed and he will be considered for release.