'Jealous' man stabbed girlfriend

A Christchurch man told his partner, ''If I can't have you, no-one will'', before stabbing her several times in the stomach.

Barton John Whitta, 43, today pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving over the April 19 incident. A kidnapping charge was withdrawn. 

The police summary of facts said Whitta's partner has been playing the poker machines at the Glenbyre Tavern in Bromley and was outside smoking when Whitta turned up in his car. 

An argument ensued, during which Whitta pulled a knife out of his sleeve and said if she was with someone in the pub, he would stab them. 

''The defendant then pressed the knife against the left side of her chest and said, 'If I can't have you, no-one will','' the summary said. 

He told her to get in his car and she complied. 

Whitta drove at speed onto Keighleys, Bromley and Maces roads, saying he would intentionally drive into a tree. He lost control on Wickham St, hit a curb and narrowly missed a power pole.

The car was damaged, and the woman got out. 

Whitta followed, and told her again that if he could not have her, no-one could. He grabbed her by the jacket and forced her onto the ground, where he told her she would not leave him. 

He stabbed her in the stomach several times, but only one of the stabs penetrated her clothing, causing a five-millimetre cut to her stomach. 

''Fearing for her safety, she said she would not leave him," the police summary said. 

Whitta then drove her to his property and she walked home from there. She did not require stitches for the wound.

Whitta admitted to police the couple had a ''heated discussion'' at the pub, but claimed to have no memory of anything after that. He was remanded for sentencing on June 26.

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