Husband, 34, ‘told wife to cover her eyes for a surprise, counted down from ten then stabbed her in throat’ after he was fired

A HUSBAND told his wife to close her eyes for a surprise before stabbing her in the throat after he was fired, a court heard yesterday.

Shaun May allegedly counted down from ten before launching the brutal attack on wife Laura in October last year.


Shaun and Laura May – Shaun is accused of attempted murder[/caption]

The 34-year-old is accused of knifing her at telling her to lay on the bed and wait.

She expected a gift of some kind, Maidstone Crown Court heard, but instead was stabbed so hard between the shoulder and neck the knife handle broke.

May, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has admitted causing the wound on October 9 last year, but denies attempted murder.

Sitting in the dock yesterday, he gave his wife a fleeting glance as she walked into the witness box, then looked down at the floor as she gave evidence.

Laura said the couple had been together for six years and “really loved each other”.

She said they would rarely argue, but “would sometimes bicker about the washing up.”

Last October the couple had recently returned from a holiday in Korea and, days later, enjoyed a takeaway before going to bed.

May went downstairs in the early hours, telling his wife that he thought he had heard a noise.


After returning to bed and engaging in some sexual activity, he said: “I’ve got a present for you. Would you like it?”

Laura told jurors: “I said yes and he told me to close my eyes, which I did.

“He told me to lay on my back, which I did and he placed something over my eyes. I thought it was a tea towel.”

She told the court he paced around the room for ten minutes before she became fed up.

Laura continued: “He then started counting down from ten… nine… eight… seven… five… four… three… then two… four… two… three. I was getting annoyed.

“He did this two or three times. He never reached zero.”

Suddenly she felt something clawing at her shoulder, the court heard, and thought it was a Halloween prop when she felt blood.

She said: “I shouted: ‘This isn’t real.’ He said to me: ‘This is real.’ He sounded so calm.”

When she realised she had been stabbed May allegedly appeared holding two knives, claiming he was going to kill himself.

The court heard he told his wife that he planned to die over mortgage repayment fears, because he had been sacked the day before.

May drove his injured wife to the hospital, where she told staff she had injured herself.

Laura told jurors how she broke down in tears when a nurse told her the police had been called, after hospital staff realised she had suffered a stab wound.

According to the prosecution, it was only “by sheer good fortune” that her injuries weren’t worse, noting that the knife had narrowly missed her vital arteries.

May admits wounding with intent but denies attempted murder.

The trial, at Maidstone Crown Court, continues.


He is alleged to have plunged a knife into his wife’s throat[/caption]


May admits wounding with intent but denies attempted murder[/caption]

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