Man admits murdering Rastrick girlfriend Michelle Suttle in “frenzied” knife attack

Frenzied: Gavin Sartain, 31, will be sentenced today after admitting murdering his girlfriend Michelle Suttle. The 23-year-old, from Rastrick, died after her knifed her 39 times at their Huddersfield home.
Frenzied: Gavin Sartain, 31, will be sentenced today after admitting murdering his girlfriend Michelle Suttle. The 23-year-old, from Rastrick, died after her knifed her 39 times at their Huddersfield home.

A murderer who stabbed his girlfriend 39 times in a frenzied attack will today learn his fate.

Gavin Sartain, 31, will be sentenced today for knifing to death Rastrick girl Michelle Suttle.

Much-loved: Michelle Suttle, 23, was murdered by her boyfriend Gavin Sartain, who stabbed her 39 times in a "frenzied" attack

Much-loved: Michelle Suttle, 23, was murdered by her boyfriend Gavin Sartain, who stabbed her 39 times in a "frenzied" attack

He attacked her after an alcohol-fuelled row at their home last June.

The pair had drunk two bottles of vodka on the evening of June 8 after spending the night with a neighbour, during which they had begun to argue.

They returned to their house at midnight and the argument continued.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told Bradford Crown Court the couple had a tempestuous relationship and Michelle had been admitted to hospital four times as a result of violence from Sartain before the fatal attack.

Mr Sharp said: “The argument escalated after they got home and the defendant pulled a huge clump of hair out of Michelle’s head before he picked up a kitchen knife.

“He attacked her in the hallway of the house and she appears to have collapsed almost immediately.

“Then there was a frenzied attack, during which he stabbed her 39 times.”

The court heard that Sartain went outside their home in baker Street, Huddersfield,and called police. He told them: “I’ve killed her, she’s dead. She’s not moving. I’ve stabbed her.”

The savage attack left Michelle with wounds to her chest, abdomen and neck and extensive haemorrhaging. She was not breathing when arrived and was pronounced dead at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary at 1.40am.

Sartain pleaded guilty to murder and will be sentenced by Judge Peter Benson later today.

The judge heard that after his arrest,Sartain told police: “I just went nuts. I deserve to die.”

Gordon Cole QC, defending, said: “The defendant has always made it clear through me that he was conscious of the massive, incalculable distress he has caused Michelle’s family and has always expressed his desire to have this case dealt with as soon as possible.

“He told me there was no way he was going to put her family through the ordeal of a trial,” Mr Cole said.

“The defendant says he never intended to kill her. He says he loved her, that he still does, and that he regrets immensely what took place.”