Man accused of stabbing his girlfriend with a kitchen knife in Sowerby Bridge waiting to learn his fate

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A MAN accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the throat with a kitchen knife is waiting to learn his fate.

Jurors at Bradford Crown Court are out deliberating their verdict in the trial of Michael Geraghty.

The 43-year-old, of Siddal Grove, Halifax, denies causing Mandy Varin grievous bodily harm on April 17 last year.

He claims it was an accident that happened after they made bacon sandwiches together at her home in Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

Miss Varin was in intensive care after the 8cm serrated blade plunged 3.5cm into the middle of her neck, below her voicebox.

The court heard it narrowly missed her carotid artery but severed another smaller vessel and hit her spine.

She also suffered internal bleeding and nerve damage, affecting her eyes.

The court heard police who were called to the house found Geraghty cuddling a blood-soaked Miss Varin.

They both told officers it was an accident, but Geraghty was arrested.

Doctors and surgeons who treated Miss Varin at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary said the injuries were caused by a high-impact blow and that level of force was unlikely to have been an accident.

Geraghty claims he was carrying the knife in the crook of his thumb under a plate when he leaned in to touch or kiss Miss Varin and the blade “caught her” in the neck.

The pair are no longer in a relationship.