Paranoid husband drunk on Jägerbombs stabs sleeping wife then turns blade on himself

John Cook was jailed for four years after admitting stabbing his wife (Image: Hull Live WS)

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A paranoid husband stabbed his wife and then himself during a drunken argument at a caravan park.

John Cook had accused his wife of cheating on him the night before the attack, which occurred while the pair were enjoying a weekend away.

The 61-year-old stabbed her in the chest and abdomen moments after started to fall asleep, and immediately knifed himself afterwards, Hull Live reports.

Hull Crown Court heard the day before the couple had travelled from their home in Bradford to Skipsea on July 31 Cook questioned his wife about her making calls to what he believed to be a taxi firm.

She told him it was the number for a garage where she took her car to be repaired and became upset when Cook accused her of cheating on him.

After assuring him she wasn’t, the couple travelled to Skipsea for a weekend away at a caravan park and went to the beach club for some drinks with friends.

The pair drank beers, spirits and Jägerbombs, the court heard.

A bartender, who knew the couple well, observed both of them leaving to return to their caravan reporting that there seemed to be no animosity between the two at the time.

At roughly midnight, a woman staying in a caravan next to the Cook’s heard a man shouting and becoming angry.

Cook attacked his wife at a caravan park in Skipsea
(Image: PA)

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‘How can you leave me for’, she heard, but could not make out the rest of the sentence and closed the window and went back to sleep.

The couple, both drunk at the time, had been arguing about what they discussed before they left their home in Bradford.

“Mrs Cook couldn’t recall the defendant shouting at her,” said prosecutor Charlotte Baines. “She got into bed, closed her eyes, and tried to go to sleep.

“She then felt a wetness spread across her chest. The defendant was next to the bed with his hands on his upper stomach.

“She then realised the defendant had stabbed her and stabbed himself.”

Cook’s wife got up off the bed and went to the bathroom to clean herself up as blood dripped onto the floor, while Cook laid down on the bed clutching his stomach.

She called her daughter and told her: "He stabbed me and stabbed himself. He stabbed me with a knife."

Mrs Cook then went back to the bedroom and laid next to her husband “but did not feel frightened of him but did feel frightened of her injuries” according to Ms Baines.

Both were still bleeding as they laid on the bed and friends, who had been called to look in on them by Mrs Cook’s daughter, walked in to attend to the couple before calling emergency services.

Cook was arrested but was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary to be treated for his wounds along with Mrs Cook.

“Mrs Cook was stabbed in the upper abdomen,” said Ms Baines. “There was also a laceration to the left lobe of the liver.

“The defendant’s injuries included a stab wound to the abdomen about five centimetres above the belly button. He was discharged on August 5 and taken to Clough Road Police Station."

The court heard Cook made no comment to some questions when he was interviewed by police but told them he and his wife had a good relationship until about a year ago.

He said that she was being “more secretive” and was attending marches in London but there were more miles on the clock. She would also get up in the night to look at text messages.

When asked if he remembered what happened at the caravan, he said: “I remember everything. I’ll speak in court.”

Cook was jailed at Hull Crown Court
(Image: HullLive WS)

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Cook appeared at Hull Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

His wife also attended court and it was heard at the start of the sentencing that “she did not want her husband to be punished criminally”.

Ms Baines said: “In her statement she said the incident was out of character for her husband and that he had never been violent to her in the past.

“What he had done was serious but she hoped they may be able to save their marriage and that he would seek help.”

Richard Thompson, defending, told the court that this was “uncommon” for Cook and added that his client wanted to “put things right” with his wife.

He said: “The defendant accepts that there were issues in their relationship but issues largely of his own making.

“He understands that the things he was complaining about at the time were not accurate or reliable and he wants to put things right.

“He explains that he had a lot to drink. He had taken spirits which was unusual and of course he not only injured the complainant but also injured himself as a result of that consumption of alcohol.

“With that frame of mind he will not drink to this degree in the future and is unlikely to be back before the courts.”

Cook, of Fagley Drive, Bradford admitted that what he did was a “dangerous act” in a letter to Judge John Thackray QC.

Sentencing Cook to four years in prison, Judge Thackray told him that he could have been standing in the dock facing a life sentence for murder.

He said: “No doubt motivated by jealousy you armed yourself with a knife and stabbed your wife in the stomach causing significant injuries.

“In your letter to me you described it as a dangerous act. You no doubt appreciate that I’m not simply sentencing you for a dangerous act but for stabbing your wife intending to cause her grievous bodily harm, also known as really serious harm.

“Fortunately, there is no lasting physical effect and it is clear she has forgiven you.

“However, it could so easily have caused a fatality. Had it done so you would have been facing a murder charge and a life sentence.”