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Man “consumed by jealousy” jailed for attempted murder – Smethwick

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A jealous ex, who stabbed a man several times at a railway station in Sandwell after mistakenly thinking he was his former girlfriend’s new partner, has been jailed for 19 years.

Michael Daniels, 44, spotted his ex as she stood with her daughter and a male friend on a platform at Smethwick Galton Bridge on 12 December 2016. 

Daniels was aware of the woman’s friendship with the man and had already formed the conclusion they were in a relationship. Unable to control his anger, on seeing them at the station, Daniels pulled out a large kitchen knife and approached the man, stabbing him in the back. 

The man jumped onto the tracks in order to get away from Daniels, while the woman also fell onto the line as she tried to pull her ex away, cutting her face on the ballast. 

But Daniels followed the man onto the rails, stabbing him in the chest and back, puncturing his lung, liver and kidney, before fleeing the scene. He was arrested the following day after handing himself into police. 

Daniels, of no fixed address, was later charged with attempted murder but denied he set out to kill the man while admitting charges of grievous bodily harm, assault and possession of a knife. 

However, following a three-day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, yesterday (20 April) he was found guilty of attempted murder by a majority jury. Today, he was sentenced to 19 years behind bars. 

Detective Constable Shani Plumb from BTP in Birmingham, said: “Daniels is a dangerous man and during the trial, the court heard he had a history of domestic violence offending and was carrying a knife on the day of the attack for ‘protection’ against people he thought would hurt him.

“Unfortunately, an innocent man became the victim of an extreme over reaction by Daniels who, consumed by jealousy and rage, jumped to the wrong conclusion with devastating consequences. 

“We are satisfied with lengthy sentence handed to Daniels, which sees him removed from the community for a considerable amount of time and unable to cause harm to women he enters into a relationship with or the wider public.”

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