Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saved by Her Screams

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Saved by Her Screams

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Byline: By Linda Richards

Best friend's cries scared off man knifing his girlfriend

Stabbing victim Lynne Bell owes her life to her best friend.

Lynne was inches away from death after being knifed nine times in the back by wife killer Kenneth Milroy as she lay sunbathing.

Her neighbour, Maxine Carr, witnessed the horrific attack from an upstairs window in her home in Lobley Hill, Gateshead.

Her screams caused Milroy to stop the assault and probably saved Lynne's life.

Maxine, 44, said: "I went berserk, I started screaming hysterically. He looked up and then calmly walked away."

Maxine ran down the stairs and confronted Milroy, who had a blood-soaked knife in his hand.

He took aim and threw it at her but it bounced off her and she was unhurt. By this time other neighbours alerted by the disturbance had poured out of their houses.

Recalling the day Maxine said: "He stood there for a while staring them in the face, them climbed over the garden wall and calmly got in his car and sat there staring.

"There is no doubt in my mind that he intended to kill Lynne that day and I think if there had been anyone else in the garden at the time, there would have been a bloodbath."

Milroy, 54, has been jailed for life for the near fatal attack on Mrs Bell, with whom he has a 16-year-old son.

The pair had rekindled their relationship in March after he was released from prison for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen, but within weeks he unleashed his uncontrollable rage.

On Friday, at Newcastle Crown Court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and warned it is likely he will never be freed, after admitting unlawfully wounding Mrs Bell with intent.

Released on licence after nine years from his first life sentence for strangling Kathleen, Milroy's mum died in May and it was at her funeral he resumed contact with Lynne.

She felt sorry for him but mistook it for something romantic. Milroy blitzed her with flirty text messages and she restarted a relationship with the murderer ( and almost paid for it with her life.

Their original courtship lasted several years but was turbulent. …

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