Turned knife on self during fight
AN ARGUMENT about a dog led to a man waving a kitchen knife around and cutting himself in front of his girlfriend.
Robert Pope had punched Charmaine Webber in the face and said he would "have" her, Truro magistrates heard. When she started to cry and told him she loved him, he turned the blade on himself.
Pope, 41, of Langweath Estate, Mawgan, admitted to assaulting Ms Webber at Helston on February 16.
Penny Wilson, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the couple had been in a relationship for two months after they met while Pope was homeless in Camborne and they had arranged for him to move in with her.
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Pope, an alcoholic, had been drinking on the day of the offence, and hit her in the head during an argument over their dog, the court heard.
She got to her feet after being knocked down and Pope was waving a kitchen knife around saying: "I am going to have you".
She started to cry and told him, "I love you", at which he started to use the knife to cut both his arms. Then he dropped it and left.
Pope, who told the police he had drunk a half bottle of vodka and four cans of beer that day, his birthday, had hit Ms Webber in a moment of annoyance, said his solicitor Alex Blair.
After realising what he had done when he slapped her, he started to cry himself and then grabbed a kitchen knife and tried to self-harm.
Pope, who had previous convictions, was no longer welcome at Ms Webber's address said Ms Wilson.
He was given an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.