Man jailed after knifing love rival

Published Friday, 01 June 2012
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A New Zealand man who cut the throat of a love rival as he slept has been jailed for ten years.

Man jailed after knifing love rival
Gallacher was jailed for ten years for attacking his girlfriend and love rival. (© UTV)

Belfast Crown Court Judge Gemma Loughran said during sentencing on Thursday that 44-year-old Donald McKenzie Gallacher was "dangerous".

She deemed that when freed he should serve an extra three years supervised licenced parole.

The former New Zealander admitted attempted murder of a man and attacking and falsely imprisoning his then girlfriend at his Lower Rockview Street home in Belfast, in October 2010.

Prosecuting lawyer Kate McKay said at the time of the attack, Gallacher, his former girlfriend and several others had been on a two-day drinking binge, during which she had sex with another man.

His former girlfriend, one of the men, and Gallacher ended up in his home.

The court heard that Gallacher left his bed where his girlfriend lay, and when he returned he was carrying a Stanley knife and his hands were blood-soaked.

Ms McKay said he told his girlfriend calmly that he'd stabbed the man and "her infidelity had ruined his life".

Gallacher then attacked his girlfriend, throwing her down as she attempted to leave and at one point tried to strangle her.

However, he later gave her the keys to the house and told her to phone for an ambulance.

But he then took the phone from her, and following the instructions from emergency services, proceeded to give first-aid to his rival.

Defence QC Gavin Duffy said while the wound, which Gallacher had treated, later required thirteen stitches, the cut was not deep and the man was allowed to go home afterwards.

Mr Duffy said Gallacher, who has an extensive history of medical problems and drug and alcohol problems, had readily admitted his guilt to police which was an indication of his remorse from the outset.

Judge Loughran told Gallacher the "trigger" for his offending was his jealously and inability to "control your emotions".

The judge said his problems were deep seated and long standing, and that having reviewed everything she told Gallacher she had "no hesitation" in concluding, "that you are, in shorthand, a dangerous offender".

© UTV News
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