Ex-girlfriend of Lancaster student ‘thought she was going to die’

Robyn Clegg-Gibson outside Preston Crown Court.
Robyn Clegg-Gibson outside Preston Crown Court.

The ex-girlfriend of a student who “sawed” her neck with a kitchen knife when she ended their relationship told a court how she thought she was going to die.

Robyn Clegg-Gibson, 19, was attacked by astrology student Gary Davies, after he locked her in her bedroom before climbing on top of her and hacking a 7cm cut across her throat, a court heard.

Giving evidence at 25-year-old Davies’ trial, Miss Clegg-Gibson told Preston Crown Court: “I was curled in a little ball on the floor and I thought ‘goodness, he’s going for my neck’.

“He had thrown me onto the floor and the way I’d describe it is he was grating my neck.

“It didn’t feel real. I was sure I was going to die.

“I couldn’t see a way out of the situation at all. I was in a real state.

“He could have gone for any other part of my body but he went for my neck. To me, that suggests he didn’t want me to exist anymore.”

She said moments before he “lunged” at her with a serrated knife in the early hours of September 30 last year, his teeth were “gritted” and he seemed agitated.

Davies - who denies attempted murder - took to the witness box to claim he slashed her neck so she would “remember the pain and learn her lesson”.

He said he was left “upset and angry” when his girlfriend of two months broke up with him.

Davies, who said he had drank nine cans of Carling the night of the attack, told the court he had wanted to hurt her following a “trivial” argument.

He said: “I wanted to give her something to remember not to mess with me.

“I was angry and upset and I wanted to leave a scar.

“I started thinking she was going to get away with this but I’m going to get in trouble.

“The argument was trivial but it was still on my mind. I was worked up.”

During a police interview, Davies told officers: “I know what I have done.

“I didn’t want her thinking she could treat people like that.

“I wanted to hurt her so she would remember.

“I knew I was going to get in trouble. That’s why I attacked her.

“I thought she can’t get away with it.

“I wanted to cause her pain so she would remember it so she would learn her lesson.

“I wanted to scare her.

“When the police knocked on the door I panicked.”

Preston Crown Court heard that Davies had started his course at Lancaster University later than usual because he had suffered from Crohn’s Disease, which had left him housebound for a few years.

Andrew Nuttall, defending, said Davies also had a history of self-harming after suffering from depression.

The trial continues.