Newbury man jailed for trying to kill partner

Martin Buckland
Image caption Martin Buckland pleaded guilty to attempted murder

A man who tried to kill his partner has been given a 16-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Martin Buckland, 49, of Skyllings, Newbury, stabbed his victim in the neck and back during the attack in Robins Hill in the village of Inkpen, Hungerford, Berkshire, in August.

He pleaded guilty in December to attempted murder and was sentenced at Reading Crown Court earlier.

His jail term will be followed by five years on extended licence.

'Genuine inspiration'

His former partner also received injuries to her hands during the attack that still require treatment, Thames Valley Police said.

The case was investigated by the Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit in Newbury.

Det Con Wayne Harvey, from Newbury police station, called it a "fantastic result for the victim, who has suffered enough already from this horrific crime".

He added: "I would like to thank the victim for her courage throughout the investigation and the trial.

"She is a genuine inspiration to all officers involved in the case."

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