A ‘JEALOUS and controlling’ Gloucester man who assaulted his ex-partner and stabbed a male friend of hers twice in the legs has been jailed for seven years.
Stephen Whalley, 53, of Milton Ave, Podsmead, was described by a judge at the city crown court as a “very nasty man and a very bad man”.
A jury convicted Whalley of wounding Keryon Biggs with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and assaulting his former partner Jacqueline Leary.
After sentencing Whalley to seven years’ imprisonment, Judge William Hart told the jury: “The fact that he is going to be out of circulation for a number of years can only be a good thing.”
The court had been told that, after ending her relationship with Whalley, Miss Leary, of Matson, started a new relationship with Patrick Tyrrell.
However, said prosecutor Ian Dixey, Whalley was a jealous man who would not accept that she did not want to see him any more.
On November 1, 2012, Whalley went to Miss Leary’s home and shortly afterwards Mr Biggs called to see her.
Mr Dixey said it seemed Whalley believed Mr Biggs was the new boyfriend and there was a row between the two men.
It died down but then suddenly Whalley lost his temper and hit Miss Leary. The force of the blow, and the fact that she had been drinking, meant she did not fully take in what happened next but was aware Whalley was attacking Mr Biggs.
Police were called but Whalley had left before they arrived. They found the flat and both Mr Biggs and Miss Leary covered in blood.
Mr Biggs had suffered two stab wounds to the legs and was detained in hospital. He also had black eyes and other head and facial injuries.
Officers who went to Whalley’s home found he was washing the clothes he had been wearing that day. They also found in the washing machine the SIM card from Miss Leary’s phone.
Whalley had also taken Miss Leary’s flat keys and they were found on top of a cupboard.
Mr Dixey said the significance of Whalley taking the SIM card was that he had earlier sent several nuisance and threatening texts to Miss Leary and did not want the police to recover them.
Whalley denied being in the flat at the time of the assaults and said he had no idea how the injuries were caused to either victim.
The jury found him guilty of the common assault of Miss Leary and, by an 11 to one majority, guilty of wounding Mr Biggs with intent.
The court heard he had a criminal record for violence going back to 1979.
He also has 11 previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol or failing to provide breath specimens, said Mr Dixey
Sarah Jenkins, defending, said Whalley was married for 13 years until 2001 and has children in their 20s.
He had in the past been a heavy drinker and now had health problems including liver disease. He has had a pacemaker fitted following a heart attack suffered in prison in 2010, she added.
“He had been involved in a relationship with Miss Leary which was difficult for him in that he felt she was being taken advantage of by others,” said Ms Jenkins.
“He dealt with that in a way he should not have done.”
Jailing Whalley, Judge William Hart told him: “You had a wholly unreasonable and controlling attitude towards Miss Leary which led you into the circumstances where these offences were committed.
“You wanted to dictate how she lived her life and who she was with. You were jealous of any other man she came into contact with. “