Man stabbed girlfriend so many times doctors gave up counting them all

One woman's'miracle of survival' after being stabbed by her jealous husband so many times doctors lost count

Jay Clark has been jailed for at least 14 years (Image: Central News)

A jealous man who stabbed his girlfriend 30 times because she thought she was cheating on him has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jay Clark, 35, subjected 33-year-old Khalen Hunter to a brutal and sustained assault at his home in Enfield, north London, on April 25, 2020.

Brave neighbor Greg Ainsworth came to her aid when he forced down the front door and intervened in what he described as “a scene from a horror movie”.

Ms Hunter’s throat had been cut and she suffered multiple cuts and stab wounds to her head, face and body, the Old Bailey heard.

She was flown by helicopter to the Royal London Hospital’s large trauma ward, where surgeons saved her life.

Ms Hunter’s father wrote to the court to describe how she remains “a shadow of her former self” as she continues to recover.

She was unable to testify at the trial or even offer any testimony as to the victim’s effects.

Judge Philip Katz KC told Clark: “They intentionally stabbed Khalen Hunter 30 times throughout her body to seriously injure her.

“Doctors have given up counting the number of stab wounds to her face, back and neck. It’s a miracle that she didn’t die.”

Mr Ainsworth described the bloodbath at the home as “a scene from a horror movie,” the court heard. He received a commendation for his exceptional courage to intervene and call the police.

Jude Katz said: “He saw a lot of blood and you stood over her with a knife … in your other hand you held her hair.

“He saw you drag Khalen Hunter backwards across the floor while he repeatedly asked you what you were doing and told you to stop.

“Although you are not religious, you have spoken of God and His plan. Officers ask if you were the devil and if you are dead.’

Ms Hunter attempted to leave the toxic relationship with Clark in the days leading up to the attack.

Judge Katz said, “I’m sure you knew there were problems in your relationship and your use of force was a massive escalation of the situation.”

Clark had thoughts that Khalen might be having an affair, and it wasn’t the first time he’d doubted a partner’s loyalty.

“You are a person prone to undue feelings of jealousy in the context of romantic partners,” the judge added.

“Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for jealous men of previously good character to use violence against women.”

Clark, of Enfield, denied but was convicted by the jury of attempted murder.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 14 years.

Clark, who was receiving psychiatric treatment at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield, returned to the hospital to await transfer to prison.

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