Man sent to secure hospital after stabbing ex-girlfriend

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A possessive partner who stabbed his ex in a frenzied attempt to kill her has been sent to a secure psychiatric unit.

Traveller John Maughan, 43, left his victim with multiple stab wounds and a punctured lung after he launched the vicious knife attack at a caravan in Morecambe on May 2 last year.

Now, Maughan, who gives his address only as St Helens, has been ordered to spend eight years in custody with a further five years extended licence after pleading guilty to the attack.

Preston Crown Court heard Maughan’s vitim Phoebe McGonnell had been becoming increasingly concerned for his mental health and had tried to seek medical help for him.

He had become controlling and possessive, court heard.

During a row at the caravan the couple shared, Maughan picked up a knife and grabbed Miss McGonnell by her hair.

As Maughan lunged at the woman, she initially thought she was being punched but soon realised Maughan was stabbing her.

She suffered multiple knife wounds to her shoulders, back, face and arms as well as cuts to her breasts.

Miss McGonnell was treated at Lancaster Royal Infirmary for her injuries and had a chest drain fitted to treat her collapsed lung.

Maughan pleaded guilty to attempted murder.

Judge Pamela Badley, sentencing on Friday, said: “The victim has spoken of the devastating effects of this attack upon her.

“It has clearly had a deep psychological effect on her. Her life has been ruined.”

Maughan has now been taken to a secure hospital where he will receive treatment for his mental health problems and must pay a £120 surcharge.