Nicholas Hutchins, who admitted he had jealous tendencies, hatched a plan to stab his wife to death before killing himself after she left him
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A man who stabbed his wife with a steak knife after she left him due to his “possessive and controlling” behavior has been jailed.
Nicholas Hutchins, who admitted he had jealous tendencies, hatched a plan to stab his wife to death before killing himself after she left him.
At around 7am on July 31, 2020, Hutchins waited in an alley outside the house she was staying in on Valley Row, Sutton, armed with a seven inch knife, My London reported.
When she left for work he cornered her in the alley before repeatedly attempting to stab her in the chest, telling her she shouldn’t have left him and yelling “I love you”.
Mrs Hutchins blocked the knife with her arm, leaving her bleeding heavily with four stab wounds, before a neighbor rushed out and pinned her husband to the ground. After his arrest Hutchins said: “If I can’t have her, no one can have her.”
Hutchins, of Wellow Walk in Carshalton, appeared in Croydon Crown Court today after pleading guilty to attempted murder. The court was told that he had a history of violence towards his wife de ella and at the time of the attack he was on police bail for stalking her.
The court heard that the couple had been married for more than three decades and had two children together, but Mrs Hutchins said he had been possessive throughout their relationship.
His violence towards her escalated in recent years, prosecutor Mark Mullins told the court. In 2016 he became very jealous when she and her friends of her went to see the Dream Boys, an all male stripping group.
When she returned from the show he was very drunk and he called her a slag before punching her in the face as she removed her makeup. As she blocked his punch from her he broke her knuckle from her.
On that occasion she called the police and he was arrested, but was only convicted of harassment rather than assault and got off lightly with a suspended sentence. Judge Nicholas Ainley described this as the first warning sign of the violence that was to come.
The couple were still together in March 2020 when she went on a trip to Butlins with her sister. When she did n’t answer his calls de ella he called her a slag, causing Mrs Hutchins to fear he might attack when she got home.
A few days later she went back to the house they shared, accompanied by police. They found Hutchins in the garden with her clothes from Ella in a pile doused in white spirit. Hutchins was holding a lighter and threw spirit over the two officers who accompanied her.
When he was arrested he admitted to officers: “I get jealous about things, not silly jealous, maybe jealous isn’t the right word. I love her to death, she’s the only girl I’ve ever known. The only girl I’ see ever kissed.” On this occasion he was given a community order for assaulting emergency workers and attempted to destroy property.
At this point Mrs Hutchins decided to leave her husband and moved in with her sister and her sister’s partner. But a few months later, in July, Hutchins began stalking his wife about him.
He chased the bus she was on and then he turned up at her sister’s home begging to see her. She reported these incidents to police, who charged him with stalking and released him on bail with the condition that he couldn’t contact her.
On July 31, 2020, just days after he was released on police bail, Hutchins decided he would try to kill his wife. As she left to get a bus to Mitchim at 7am he was hiding in an alley. As she walked past her she did not recognize him until he was around three meters away.
He came towards her, raising a hand above his head and said: “I love you, you shouldn’t have left me.” She thought he was going to punch her so he put her hand up to block but felt a sharp pain and realized she had been stabbed.
While she managed to block his knife a neighbor ran out and tackled him to the ground. Her sister’s partner de ella then joined the neighbor in pinning Hutchins to the ground until police arrived. As Mrs Hutchins was taken to an ambulance Hutchins called out: “I love you.”
He was arrested before being taken to a doctor for injuries he sustained while he was pinned to the ground.
While talking with a doctor Hutchins confessed his plan, saying he wanted to “kill her and then kill myself”.
He was arrested for attempted murder.
In a victim impact statement read in Court, Mrs Hutchins said she felt as though her husband had “stolen” her future.
“I also feel like I’ve lost my husband,” she said.
“Although he wasn’t the best he was my husband. I also feel that my children and grandchildren have lost him. I also feel sorry for his family of him as they have lost their brother or son. His mother of him wo n’t talk to me as she feels it was my fault. I never wanted this to happen. I just wanted him to get help.”
Defending him in court, Nasreen Shah said his behavior could be explained by a brain injury he suffered in 2008. A piece of scaffolding fell on him in his workplace, causing a build up of fluid on the brain. He had a shunt fitted and was on medication with strict instructions not to drink alcohol.
However, he had fallen into a pattern of drinking resulting in violent outbursts and memory loss, Ms Shah told the court.
However, Mrs Hutchins disputed that this injury changed him as a person, and said that he was possessive and controlling long before his injury. On the day of the attack he had drunk six cans of beer, telling police he had done it for “Dutch courage.”
He initially pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but on the day of his trial he changed his plea to guilty.
Sentencing Hutchins, Judge Ainley said: “His attitude was that if he couldn’t live with her, no one else could. He tried to kill her that day. This man presents a real and very present danger to his wife.”
He gave Hutchins an extended sentence of 22 years, made up of 19 years in prison and then a further three years on license.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.