Student slashed and sawed girlfriend’s neck with kitchen knife

Robyn Clegg-Gibson.
Robyn Clegg-Gibson.

A dumped student slashed and ‘’sawed’’ his girlfriend’s neck with a kitchen knife to ‘’leave a mark on her’’ for ending their relationship, a court heard

yesterday (Monday).

Gary Davies.

Gary Davies.

Jilted Gary Davies, 25, locked Robyn Clegg-Gibson, 19, in her bedroom before climbing on top of her and hacking a 7cm cut across her throat to ‘’teach her a

lesson’’ for finishing with him.

Davies, who had been dating Robyn for just two months, attacked the teenager in the early hours of September 31 last year after she ended the relationship -

because Davies had lied about his age.

A court heard Davies told police after he was arrested he wanted to “leave a mark on her” to punish her for breaking up with him.

Davies has pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and false imprisonment but denies attempted murder at Preston Crown Court.

Mr Paul Cummings, prosecuting, told the court the relationship had become strained in the weeks leading up to the incident.

He said on the night of the attack the pair had argued about attending a party for fresher’s week at Lancaster University where they both studied.

Mr Cummings said: “She had been invited to a number of events for fresher’s week and wanted to make new friends on her course.

“This was a trivial matter in itself but resulted in an argument which then resulted in the assault.

“After arriving back at the student accommodation, he didn’t want to go home.

“He went into the address for five minutes then left after she said that she no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him.

“Ten minutes later, he came back to the house and said he had misplaced his keys.

“She let him back into the house to look for them. They were in her bedroom and she began to feel uncomfortable.

“She asked him to leave but he refused to she phoned the police.”

During the trial the jury heard that during the telephone call to the police, Davies went into the kitchen and grabbed a knife.

Mr Cummings said: “He walked back into her bedroom with the knife in his pocket and she told him the police were on their way.

“He locked the bedroom door behind him and produced the knife from his pocket.

“She started to cry and asked him what he was doing. He told her to ring the police and tell them not to come to the address.

“She phoned them back and told them what he was telling her to say but her friends were outside her door and asked if she was ok.

“She screamed she was but she was terrified.”

A few minutes later, a police officer arrived outside and asked Davies to open the door.

Mr Cummings added: ‘’He pointed the knife towards her chest and grabbed her shoulder.

“He climbed on top of her and started to saw at her neck. She had her hand up and was trying to stop him.

“She was curled up in a ball on the floor bleeding and could feel the knife on her throat.”

Davies, who was also in his first year at university but lived in different student accommodation, was stopped when the police officer kicked down the


His victim suffered a 7cm cut across her neck, which the court heard had cut deep into fatty tissue but had not severed a blood vessel or caused nerve


She also suffered two other cuts to her neck, measuring 2cm each, and a wound 3cm long to her shoulder, as well as a cut to her thumb.

After his arrest, Davies had told the police that he had wanted to “teach her a lesson” and so had taken the knife from the kitchen and “thrust is backwards

and forwards” across her neck.

Mr Cummings said: “He deliberately went to select a knife knowing the police had been contacted.

“He knew the relationship was at an end and he hadn’t been deterred by other students standing outside the room.

“He was determined that he was going to kill her and he used the knife violently and deliberately to her neck.

“He couldn’t have known the force necessary to just leave a mark to her body.”

Giving evidence at the hearing today/yesterday (MON) Robyn said Davies had been a “very demanding” boyfriend and had wanted to see her everyday.

She said: “I would have preferred more time and space to myself but he insisted he see me everyday.

“When I found out he had lied about his age I couldn’t understand it.

“It’s a big thing to lie about who you are and I was scared.

“I told him I wanted to put a break on things and he seemed very tense. I’d never seen him like that before.

“He didn’t act aggressive but I could feel undertones of aggression.

“That night I didn’t want to let him in but I knew if he didn’t find his keys he would try and stay over at mine.”

The trial continues.