Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My Life's Been Ruined by a Total Coward

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

My Life's Been Ruined by a Total Coward

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

MURDER plot survivor Chris Spinks today branded the thug who tried to kill him a coward for the machete attack which ruined his life.

The 27-year-old had just fallen in love with Holly Dobson and the new couple were enjoying their first night together when her ex broke in and subjected him to horrific violence as he slept.

Gary Johnson is facing a lengthy spell behind bars after jurors found him guilty of attempted murder at Holly's home in Stanley, County Durham.

After watching his attacker being convicted, Chris said he has been left living in fear and is scared to have another relationship.

Chris, of South Moor, Stanley, who suffered terrible machete injuries from head to shin, said he believes his mum and gran were "looking down" on him that night.

He said: "I'm lucky to be alive, I could easily have been killed. I was on the floor bleeding to death.

"I can't remember anything at all about the attack, I can only remember waking up in hospital. "But I think he is a total coward to attack me like he did when I was fast asleep. I think he had been spying on us and was waiting for me to come to kill me when I was asleep.

"He had nothing against me, I had never done anything to him, it was just because I was with his ex lass.

"He is absolutely not right in the head, I think there's something wrong with him. I think he's possessed or something." He said he continues to have to deal with the mental and physical scars of what happened and told how he now feels unable to have a relationship.

Chris said: "It's had a really big impact on me.

"I can't have a relationship any more because of trust issues. If I found a girlfriend I would be on edge all the time in case something happened.

"I've been left in fear and I don't sleep properly. I was asleep when he attacked me and I'm now scared to go to sleep."

Chris , who continues to have to wear a leg brace due to his injuries, said he remains in pain and in fear.

He said: "I'm still having physio for the scars on my legs and I get a pain in my ear all the time and on the top of my head.

"I also hate smiling now after he kicked one of my front teeth out.

"Even when he is locked up I still find it hard to live my life, I'm still in fear. …

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