(CNS): An estranged husband who tried to kill his wife in a brutal, terrifying machete attack was handed a fourteen-year jail term last week after pleading guilty to attempted murder. George Vaughan lured his wife to the home they once shared when she believed he wouldn’t be there. But the man lay in wait, and as she let herself in, he struck with his weapon in a violent attack in which she sustained horrific injuries. Despite numerous witnesses, including children, Vaughan continued the frenzied attack on his wife and tried to poison her with weed killer as she lay close to death before he fled and tried to take his own life drinking the same poison.
The court heard that after Vaughan first assaulted his wife in 2013, the couple separated after some eight years of marriage. But Vaughan began harassing her about signing forms for his Caymanian status application, which she had refused to endorse. He began threatening and badgering his wife, turning up at her work because she had not revealed where she was living because of the violence. On one occasion, in front of a police officer, Vaughan threatened to take matters into his own hands.
The couple had dogs and despite the issues between them, Vaughan managed to lure his wife to the home to feed them because he told her he was working and unable to get back to do it. His wife did not go alone but with a friend, who also brought her children. But when they arrived, the wife entered the house alone.
As she went to prepare the dogs’ food, Vaughan, who was lying in wait, pounced, striking his wife in the back with the machete. She then fled towards the door but Vaughan continued chopping and hacking at his wife, almost amputating her legs and inflicting many terrible injuries.
Vaughan also threatened the onlookers and people trying to help with the machete, as they screamed at him to stop, but he continued the attack on his wife, pouring Paraquat into her mouth and slashing the tyres on her car before fleeing the scene.
His wife was taken to hospital and airlifted overseas, where doctors were able to save her life. After painstaking and lengthy treatment, they were also able to save her legs and repair some of the damage but she remains scarred and debilitated for life.
Meanwhile, Vaughan had fled into the bush, where he called a friend and was later found by police, He was also taken to hospital after he told them he had drunk the weed killer as well.
After he recovered and was released from hospital, he told police during interviews that he was at home sleeping when he heard someone come in the house. He said he grabbed a machete and chopped at the person before realising it was his wife. But he said that after he did realise, he didn’t know why he had carried on chopping, as the next thing he knew he was drinking the Paraquat.
He told police his mind had gone blank like a temporary madness.
The court heard that his wife sustained an 8cm laceration to her face, as well as gashes to her right ear and neck and several head injuries. She had chops to the back of her chest and Vaughan amputated one of her fingers. She had numerous deep lacerations down to bone on her body and he had almost amputated both legs before trying to finish her off with the poison.
Vaughan’s wife continues to receive treatment and surgeries for the numerous life-threatening injuries inflicted during what the judge said must have been an unimaginably terrifying and painful attack.
While Vaughan had a less than happy life growing up in Jamaica with a violent step-father, there was no indication from the psychiatric reports that Vaughan was suffering from any mental health problems. The court found that he had planned and prepared the premeditated attack and intended to kill his wife, as he hacked away at her in front of witnesses.
Although Vaughan had shown some remorse, writing to his wife asking for forgiveness, the judge said she was not entirely convinced because his remorse was still all about him and his troubles, though unbelievably his wife had found it in her heart to forgive him.
Visiting judge, Justice Dame Linda Dobbs, handed Vaughan a 21-year sentence, but given his guilty plea, the convicted man was credited with the usual one-third discount, reducing the time to 14 years.
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