Spurned lover stabs ex's new girlfriend

August 10, 2004 - 1:58PM

A jealous and possessive spurned lover viciously stabbed her ex-de facto's new American female friend, a Brisbane court was told today.

Christine Young, 44, of Sydney, pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder and the alternative charge of wounding causing grievous bodily harm, as well as one count of assault causing bodily harm on June 12, 2002.

Prosecutor Brendan Campbell told the Supreme Court jury in his opening address that Young had hidden outside John Williams' apartment in inner suburban Brisbane about 5.30pm (AEST) on the day of the alleged offence.

Mr Campbell said Young jumped out at Mr Williams' friend Christina Christova, shoved her inside the Paddington apartment and started stabbing her in the stomach with a kitchen knife.

He said Ms Christova pleaded for her life during a struggle in which she was stabbed nine times until Mr Williams grabbed Young, who then began stabbing and biting him.

"The attack on Ms Christova was so ferocious she (Young) accidentally broke the knife, but she continued to stab her with just the blade," Mr Campbell said.

Young allegedly told the Bulgarian-born, American mother-of-one that she would die because she had been sleeping with her boyfriend.

Young and Mr Williams had lived together for four years before their relationship ended acrimoniously in November 2001.

In March 2002, Mr Williams, who owned a party supply business, went on a business trip and met Ms Christova, with whom he had been chatting over the internet on a Christian website.

On May 31, Ms Christova came to Australia and stayed for some time with Mr Williams, and had been planning to fly home four days after the attack.

Mr Campbell said Young had driven through the night to Brisbane without telling Mr Williams, whom she had been repeatedly calling over a property settlement.