Guernsey court finds Dorset man guilty of knife attack

Anthony Jones arriving at Guernsey Airport
Image caption Jones came to the island after seeing a text on his former lover's phone

A man has been found guilty of attempted murder by Guernsey's Royal Court.

Anthony Jones, 53, from Poole, in Dorset, attacked Richard Wordsworth, his girlfriend's former boyfriend, with a knife in February 2010.

The Jurats returned a majority verdict of eight to one on Wednesday afternoon after just over an hour of deliberation.

Jones is due back before the court for sentencing on 8 April.

During the trial the court heard how Jones booked a flight to Guernsey and a hotel room after seeing a text message from Mr Wordsworth on the phone of Sharon Ellis, with whom he had a prior relationship.

He went to the home of Mr Wordsworth the following day and stabbed him in the chest with a knife.

Police arrested Jones in a field near the Castel Hospital later that day.

After the hearing, Det Sgt Karl Zierlinger, from the Criminal Investigation Department, said: "[We're] very pleased, it was a drawn out investigation, a very meticulous investigation.

"Clearly it was in the interests of the victim that we put it very high on our list of priorities so to get a result of a fairly unanimous verdict was very pleasing."

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