An “angry and jealous” man stabbed a woman 10 times while she was on a Tinder date.
Robert Truscott, 48, was obsessed with Emma Wolfenden, 37, but she was not interested in forming a relationship with him.
A court heard that he became “angry” when she told him a man she met on dating app Tinder would be visiting her home.
Truscott stabbed victim 10 times
Truscott armed himself with a 10-inch kitchen knife and cycled to her home where he attacked Ms Wolfenden and her date.
She suffered horrific injuries including a wound to her neck, six chest wounds as well as lacerations to her liver, lung and diaphragm and three stab wounds to her stomach.
Ms Wolfenden survived the attack but later died.
The man she was with suffered a cut hand while wrestling the knife from Truscott.
Ms Wolfenden survived the attack on January 21 last year and was rushed to hospital where she underwent four operations.
She spent three months recovering in hospital before being discharged in April and Truscott was charged with attempted murder.
On June 23, Ms Wolfenden was found dead at her home and a post mortem revealed her death was not directly linked to the attack.
Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday (13/1), Truscott. of Langham, Rutland, was found guilty of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm to the man.
He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a knife.
‘Emma would light up any room she walked into’
The heartbroken family of Ms Wolfenden, who was from Oakham, Rutland, paid an emotional tribute to her, saying she “lit up any room she walked into”.
Her older brother Charles said: “Emma spent most of her life in Rutland and touched a lot of lives during her life.
“The attendance at her funeral and the tributes and messages we received following her death showed this.
“It was very humbling and a testament to how loved she was. Emma was a kind and loving person.
“During her life, she worked as a carer for disadvantaged children for many years and also worked with people battling substance abuse.
“She was also due to start a qualification in social care.
“Emma also had a great sense of humour and would light up any room she walked into.
“She loved listening to music, played the oboe and also enjoyed horse riding.
“After being discharged from hospital in April, Emma had been determined to keep moving forward with her life and to make a quick recovery.
“As a family, we were left devastated by her tragic death.
“Emma - you will forever be in our memories. We will never forget you and the
happiness and joy you brought not only to our lives but to the lives of many others too.”
Truscott took knife to her home ‘out of stupidity’
Ms Wolfenden dialled 999 at 9.10pm on January 21 last year and told police that
Truscott and her date were fighting at her home in Bullfinch Close.
Officers were then contacted by East Midlands Ambulance Service who had received a call from Truscott who said he had stabbed Ms Wolfenden.
When police arrived at the address Ms Wolfenden was found with multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck.
Truscott was at the scene and admitted it was his fault and he was arrested.
The court heard that Ms Wolfenden was a carer for disadvantaged children and worked with people battling substance abuse.
She had been a close friend of Truscott for four years and they would drink regularly at her home but she had no romantic interest in him.
During the trial, Truscott told the jury he took the knife round to her home “out of stupidity”.
He said he could not remember why he stabbed his friend who suffered ten knife wounds.
‘This was no doubt an extremely frightening incident’
Detective Constable Gemma Allen, of Leicestershire Police, said: “This was no doubt an extremely frightening incident for Ms Wolfenden and for the other male victim involved at the time.
“Ms Wolfenden remained in hospital for three months after the incident receiving treatment for serious injuries because of the terrifying actions of Robert Truscott.”
Truscott was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on February 4.
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