Partner Jailed for Cleaver Attack
"I would guess that little love affair is now over !"
A man who attacked his partner with a meat cleaver at their home and split his head open has been sent to prison for a year.Lee Barnard, 34, of Penrhiwceiber near Mountain Ash, was using the cleaver to make food when he "lashed out" during a row, Merthyr Crown Court heard.
His partner Mark Baigrie said he would have been "chopped in half" if Barnard had used full strength.
Children's home worker Barnard was found guilty of unlawful wounding.
Prosecutor Suzanne Thomas said: "It was a volatile relationship."[Barnard] had the meat cleaver in his hand ready to chop some chillies when he lashed out in a row."
Mr Baigrie, 32, said: "I just laid there pretending to be dead. I pulled myself into the chair but I could not see because there was just so much blood.
"If he had used full strength he would have chopped me in half."
The jury was told Barnard called the emergency services as Mr Baigrie lay on the floor "playing dead", saying: "I've hit my boyfriend. I've plonked him on the head."
Mr Baigrie needed 13 stitches to close a gash on the top of his head.