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Stuart Coope jailed for bread knife attack on boyfriend

Stuart Coope Image copyright Gmp
Image caption Police were in "no doubt" Coope would have killed the victim if he had not been stopped

A man who tried to kill his boyfriend with a bread knife in "horrific circumstances" has been jailed.

Stuart Coope stabbed the man in the back and head as he screamed "I will do time for you" at his home in Minster Road in Moston, Manchester on 29 March.

The 37-year-old chased him into the street, where he punched, kicked and stamped on him until a passer-by intervened.

He was given eight years for attempted murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Det Con Louise Edwards said the "brutality and animosity" of the attack was shocking.

"Had he not been interrupted, I have no doubt that Coope would have continued his assault until the victim was dead," she said.

She said the pair had been together for two years and the victim "knew and trusted" Coope.

"[He] was convinced he was going to die and the bravery and sheer will to survive he showed in such horrific circumstances should be admired," Det Con Edwards said.

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