VIDEO: 'Evil' Penzance man Raibeart Browne jailed for life for frenzied Mount Hawke knife attack
A JEALOUS builder from Penzance who subjected his former wife to a year of harassment before trying to murder her new lover has been told he might die in jail.
Raibeart Browne, 70, was handed an indefinite prison sentence when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday afternoon.
Browne, of Alexandra Road became obsessed with his ex-wife Sally Gale after their 36 year marriage broke down.
He hunted her down and stabbed her new partner Robert Norrington in a frenzied knife attack at their Mount Hawke home on December 30, last year.
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During his trial in July, he claimed that he acted in self-defence but the jury unanimously found him guilty of attempted murder.
They also found Browne guilty of three further charges: having an offensive weapon and breaching two restraining orders barring him from contacting Mr Norrington or Ms Gale.
Sentencing Browne to indeterminate life imprisonment, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said he was satisfied that Brown posed a significant risk to members of the public and in particular Ms Gale and Mr Norrington.
After the hearing, Detective Constable Dave Fortey described Browne as an evil, calculating and manipulative man who engaged in relentless harassment of his former wife and her new partner.
He said: “Despite previous terms of imprisonment and restraining orders, the intensity and severity of his campaign rapidly escalated concluding in the attempt to murder Robert Norrington and possibly his ex wife.
“Life in imprisonment is the only suitable sentence for Brown and hopefully will allow the victims to continue their lives without the need to constantly look over their shoulders.”
Brown was told he would serve a minimum of seven years before being eligible for release but that a parole board would have to be satisfied that he was no longer a threat to the public before he was freed from jail.