A mother almost died and has been left paralysed for life after being stabbed 13 times in her own home by her on-off boyfriend, a court heard.

Nicolita Ghete received wounds to her neck, chest and back, leaving her unable to move from the neck down, following the horrific and bloody knife attack by her partner of three years, Donovan Golding, Harrow Crown Court heard.

Golding, 35, of Atlip Road, Wembley, denies attempted murder.

Jurors heard on Monday Golding turned up to Ms Ghete's home in Hindes Road, Harrow, on July 8 last year at approximately 8.30am and demanded to be let in.

Prosecutor Lyall Thompson said: “This is a distressing case that involves a near-fatal knife attack involving life-changing injuries.”

The court heard that Golding managed to get into the building and a neighbour overheard the pair arguing.

Mr Thompson said: “Golding sounded like he was crying and begging to Ms Ghete, but shortly afterwards he became aggressive.

“The neighbour opened the front door to his flat and saw Mr Golding stood in the front door to Ms Ghete's flat.

“He could see blood on his sleeve and on the floor.

“Mr Golding kept trying to block the view into the flat. The neighbour called the police.”

Golding did not allow the police to enter the flat on arrival and officers had to break down the door to Ms Ghete's property.

Officers found her lying on the floor bleeding, struggling to breathe, with obvious stab wounds to the neck and chest. Next to her was a bleeding Golding.

Mr Thompson added: “Mr Golding had stab wounds which appeared to have been self inflicted.

“Ms Ghete was stabbed twice in the breast bone area, three times in the left shoulder and there were seven to eight incissions to the neck area.

“She was in a coma for several days and has no recoglection of the attack.”

Golding weeped and sobbed in the dock while details of the alleged attempted murder were read out in court and the jury were shown more than 20 pictures of the wounds Ms Ghete suffered.

In his police interview, the defendant answered 'no comment' to all of their questions, the court heard.

 

Mr Thompson told the jury: “It is self-evident that it was him who carried out the attack. There are no circumstances that such an assault can be justified.”

The court also heard that one of Golding's fingerprints was found on a knife found in the flat.

Nicolita Ghete, who has a 10-year-old son from a previous relationship, remains at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore in a stable condition and is due to give evidence via video link from her hospital bed.

The trial continues.