A man has been cleared of slashing his partner with shards of china and throwing a knife at the man who had been slumbering on a downstairs sofa.
Jack Barratt, 42, was said by prosecutors to have attacked his then partner upstairs at her home in Caernarvon Way, Banbury, on the morning of August 27.
He was accused of attacking her with shards of a broken plate then storming downstairs and throwing a knife at Matthew Yates.
Oxford Crown Court heard that the trio had spent the previous night drinking and, on the evidence of the man at whom the kitchen knife was allegedly thrown, taking cocaine.
Barratt and his then partner were said to have gone upstairs to bed, while Mr Yates kipped on the sofa.
The accounts of the two complainants, given from the witness box, differed slightly. The woman claimed to have been attacked with a picture frame and pieces of a plate.
Mr Yates claimed to have seen the woman, with whom he was now in a relationship, come downstairs as a plant pot was thrown from the landing. She returned upstairs and, later, Barratt came down armed with a kitchen knife that he used to threaten the man on the sofa, it was alleged.
A neighbour told jurors she had heard the woman shout ‘you stabbed me’ as Barratt left the house. He repeated the reply: “No, I never.”
Barratt did not give evidence to the jury. Summarising his client’s case, Mr du Feu said: “There are no compromises. No ifs, no buts. It simply didn’t happen in the way these witnesses have tried to [say].
“The defendant is simply not guilty because he didn’t do this.”
Mr du Feu noted that of the 111 previous offences on Mr Barratt’s rap sheet, his client had always pleaded guilty.
Barratt, of New Road, Banbury, was found not guilty of wounding with intent, wounding, assault by beating, making threats to kill and threatening Mr Yates with a knife.
This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire’s court and crime reporter.
To get in touch with him email: Tom.Seaward@newsquest.co.uk
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