An abuser who stabbed his former partner nine times with four different kitchen knives in front of their daughter has been jailed for 17 years.
Liam Davis, 26, repeatedly knifed his ex-partner Jodie, 25, following an argument at her home in Southmead, Bristol, in April.
Neighbours heard the attack and shortly afterwards found Jodie collapsed outside on the pavement.
They provided first aid until the emergency services arrived, with the victim going on to make a full recovery.
On Wednesday, Davis, of Hartcliffe, was jailed at Bristol Crown Court for attempted murder.
Addressing Davis in a statement read out in court during the sentencing hearing, Jodie asked why he’d never provided an explanation for the attack.
She also expressed concern about how the incident would affect their young daughter, who witnessed it.
Their daughter wrote something which Jodie included in her statement for the court.
It read: “It made me really upset and I cried to tears. I was trying to help but I just didn’t know what to do.
“When Daddy came out he called me and dragged me out the house into the car and drove off and left Mummy looking for me.
“Why did you make us leave mummy to die like that?
“I’m happy now but I still worry because it’s very scary because he nearly killed Mummy and I thought you loved each other and loved me.
“I miss my dad.”
Ending her statement, Jodie added: “During the trial you [Davis] had an opportunity to look at me and say sorry for what happened, you never did.
“That would have been a good time to say it, as it would have meant something, any other time after that just doesn’t have the same value.”
The court heard after attacking Jodie, Davis drove to a relative’s address, telling them he thought he had killed her.
Shortly afterwards, he turned up at Broadbury Road Police Station in south Bristol where he was arrested.
Investigating officer David Nicholls said: “During the trial, Davis claimed he’d been depressed and reacted to Jodie pulling at his top during an argument.
“He admitted trying to cause her harm but denied trying to kill her.”
Davis admitted grievous bodily harm, but denied attempted murder.