Kitchen doorman who tried to kill his lover and stab her in the neck has been imprisoned for 25 years
A raging lover who tried to kill a woman he had an affair with by stabbing her in the neck has been imprisoned for 25 years.
Brett Fenwick, 36, had seen Louise Pearce behind Gareth Mallaburn and tried to kill her when she refused to leave the father of her children.
At the time, the two men were both kitchen porters at Alnwick Garden, where Mrs. Pearce also worked as a cleaning lady.
After drinking a lot, Fenwick and his brother, Blaine, appeared at Mrs. Pearce and Mr. Mallaburn’s house in Alnwick.
Brett Fenwick, 36, had seen Louise Pearce (pictured) behind Gareth Mallaburn and tried to kill her when she refused to leave him
They entered the house and Fenwick stabbed Mr. Mallaburn in the neck.
As he fled and bled profusely, Fenwick then launched a shocking knife attack on Mrs. Pearce, who behaved “like a madman” and stabbed her in the neck and face.
She was signed for life, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Now Fenwick, who has admitted the attempted murder of Ms. Pearce and has been found guilty of an injury intentionally against Mr Mallaburn, has been incarcerated for 25 years.
His brother Blaine, convicted of an intentional injury to Mr. Mallaburn, was sentenced to 10 years.
In prison, Ms. Pearce said in a statement about the impact of a victim, “I can only describe the attack on me as horrific, by a man I believed really loved me at the time.
After drinking a lot, Fenwick (pictured) and his brother, Blaine, appeared at Mrs. Pearce and Mr. Mallaburn’s house in Alnwick
“He showered me with dozens of loving texts and told me daily that he would take care of me and my children, that he would protect us.
“In a split second, without provocation, he attacked me. It was the kind of attack that people can never imagine happening to. It felt like a lifetime and I’ve never been so scared and need protection. ‘
She added, “I have permanent discomfort from the damage to my face and neck.
“When I look at myself in the mirror I feel ugly and do my utmost to cover my neck with a scarf, which is uncomfortable in the summer when it’s hot.
“I am very self-conscious and worry that people look at me and stare.
When he fled and bled profusely, Fenwick then launched a shocking knife attack (pictured is the used knife) on Ms. Pearce, who behaved ‘like a madman’ and stabbed her in the neck and face
“I have trouble sleeping, shout regularly and have nightmares and have suffered both mentally and physically.
“The emotional impact on my children was terrible. They cling to me and get upset by my injuries. They’re afraid I won’t come back when I go out. ‘
Ms. Pearce added, “I didn’t deserve to be attacked and left to die in my neighbor’s yard. He was the last person I thought would hurt me. I loved him.’
Mr. Mallaburn added, “I was attacked by a man I once considered my friend. I never thought he would attack me like he did.
“I really thought I was going to die that night when he came to my house. I think he thought if he couldn’t have Louise, no one could. ‘
Mr Mallaburn said that his relationship with Mrs Pearce is now over.
The court heard that it was late on Boxing Day evening in 2018 that the Fenwicks showed up at the couple’s home on Howling Lane, Alnwick.
Fenwick, who has admitted the attempted murder of Ms. Pearce (photo with Mr. Mallaburn) and has been found guilty of an intentional injury on Mr. Mallaburn, has been incarcerated for 25 years.
When Mrs. Pearce opened the door, they came in and ran upstairs to confront Mr. Mallaburn, who was defending herself with a plank.
Prosecutor Mark Giuliani said, “What happened then was that when they returned home, they underwent a long and vicious knife attack, initially in the living room.
Brett Fenwick screamed she was pitiful and would never leave Mister Mallaburn. They ended up in the living room next to the Christmas tree.
“He started stabbing her. She couldn’t see the knife, but saw blood running down her neck.
“He started hacking her face.”
When Fenwick entered the kitchen, Pearce rightly feared that he would grab another knife and ran to take shelter from the neighbors’ home.
Mister Giuliani: “When she tried to escape to the neighbor’s house, he ran outside, jumped over the fence, forced her to the floor and started stabbing her again.”
During the “savage” attack, Louise begged him to stop and told him she loved him.
Neighbors were disturbed by the ‘horrible’ sound of the attack, the court heard.
Witness Claire Miller saw Fenwick “carry out a protracted vicious attack on Mrs. Pearce, which he had since tried to kill,” Giuliani said.
He hit and kicked her all over her face and head.
“Louise Pearce was covered in blood and screamed and begged him to stop …”
Miss Miller told Fenwick to leave Mrs. Pearce alone and that the police would come.
Mr. Giuliani told the court, “She said he was mad, a complete maniac. She feared for her safety and that of her children, so she closed the door and locked it.
“She looked outside and saw that he was continuing his attempt to kill her. She was curled into a ball, kicking and hitting her repeatedly, hitting her, and kicking her in the head.
In her words, “he beat her to a pulp.”
“Miss Miller then saw Louise Pearce lying on her back on the lawn, drenched in blood, begging him to stop and say,” I love you, I’ll leave Gareth for you. “
“He didn’t stop, he stood over her and kicked her head and body.
“He held a knife and the attack continued.
“He straddled her chest and stomach, clutching her as he hit her head and hit her constantly.”
Mr. Giuliani added, “Miss Pearce lay motionless on the lawn, and Claire Miller thought she was dead.
“She neither spoke nor moved.”
Another neighbor heard Mrs. Pearce say “please don’t, I have children” and repeatedly heard her scream for help.
Then she heard Fenwick say, “I am Barresdale’s hardman.”
Mrs. Pearce continued to beg Fenwick and said, “I love you, don’t go,” and the neighbor heard gurgling noises between her words from severe knife wounds on her neck.
She had multiple stab wounds, including deep wounds on her neck and required emergency surgery.
Pathologist Dr. Nigel Cooper of the Home Office said, “There is no doubt that her life has been significantly endangered and that she is lucky to be alive.”
In addition to imprisonment, both Fenwicks were ordered indefinitely to prohibit them from contacting Ms. Pearce, Mr. Mallaburn, or their children.
Lorraine Mustard, for Brett Fenwick, said he loved Mrs. Pearce.
Speaking about the attack, she said, “It’s probably best described in one word: anger.
“It was a spontaneous attempted murder.
“He sincerely regrets the attack.”
Mark Styles, before Blaine Fenwick, says: “This offense was completely out of character, it was his first offense and probably his last offense.
“It is a tragic situation. He said goodbye to his senses and was supplied with drinks. ‘