A thug subjected his ex-girlfriend to a horrific attack after he was dumped for writing a ‘to do’ list which reminded him to flirt with another former flame and get tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
Melanie Consiglio, of Washington, Tyne and Wear, came across the scrap of paper while unpacking the belongings of boyfriend Chris Graham, who she’d asked to move in with her shortly before.
Number one on the list was ‘flirt with my ex’, two was ‘go to the STD clinic and get checked over’, and three read ‘find out who Brian is’.
Chris Graham, pictured left, subjected Melanie Consiglio, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, to a horrific attack after he was dumped for writing a bizarre ‘to do’ list
Former civil servant Melanie, 46, who shared a platonic relationship with a man named Brian, was horrified to stumble upon the upsetting memo and kicked Graham, 38, a casual window cleaner, out before he’d even moved in.
But she was devastated when just four days later, after he went round to her flat to discuss the break up, he launched a sickening seven hour attack, which left her scarred for life.
Melanie said: ‘Chris was very insecure, and always accusing me of seeing other men.
‘I asked him to move in with me as a last resort, thinking that might save the relationship.
‘But as I was unpacking his stuff I came across the scribbled note. It had ‘to do list’ written on it and number one was ‘flirt with my ex’.
‘I couldn’t believe it as I continued to read and saw second on the list was ‘get an STD test’.
Melanie sustained horrendous injuries, pictured, following the attack, which saw Graham jailed for 32 months
Graham grabbed his ex, threw her onto the sofa, and put his hands round her throat in the attack, which left her with a number of bruises
The victim was stabbed in the knee, ‘over and over’ by her dumped former boyfriend
Melanie had to turn down a job offer due to her injuries, pictured, and the PTSD she suffered
‘I knew immediately I didn’t want to be with him anymore and sent him a text, telling him it was over.
‘He was at his friend’s house. I put all his belongings in a corner for him to pick up.’
Shortly afterwards, Graham, who she’d been with for five months, came over to collect the bags and seemed to accept the relationship was over.
However, four days later he text her, apologising for his behaviour and asking if he could come round to talk.
Melanie reluctantly agreed, and the pair chatted over a bottle of wine before Graham’s mood suddenly changed.
The mother-of-five said: ‘Everything was fine, then it was like a switch went off in his head. He started accusing me of seeing other men.
‘He grabbed me, threw me onto the sofa, and put his hands round my throat.
‘He kept saying, ‘admit it’, ‘admit it’. But I refused. I was drifting in and out of consciousness.
‘At one point he told me I was going to bleed to death. Then, he stabbed me in the knee, over and over.
Melanie, pictured left at home, said she hit ‘rock bottom’ after the ordeal, which saw Graham, pictured right, attacking her on and off for around seven hours
‘I don’t know what he was using to hurt me, but there was blood everywhere.
‘He came round at 10pm and didn’t leave until 5am, so he must have been attacking me on and off for around seven hours.’
Once Graham was gone Melanie text her grown up daughter to get help.
Police arrested him while he was on his way to his mother’s house and, after initially claiming he was acting in self-defence, he pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.
At Newcastle Crown Court on April 28 he was jailed for 32 months.
Judge Christopher Prince also imposed a lifelong restraining order to keep him away from Melanie.
Judge Prince told him: ‘She was particularly vulnerable, she was alone with you in the house.’
As well as a 32 month jail term, Judge Christopher Prince imposed a lifelong restraining order to keep Graham, pictured, away from Melanie
He ruled Graham had used a pen to stab Melanie, but one was never found, and she insists so much damage was caused the weapon must have been a knife.
Nicholas Lane, defending, told the court Graham has completed courses, gained certificates and is employed as a cleaner while in custody.
Melanie said: ‘I have been left scarred for life.
‘Chris’ violent actions turned my life upside down.
‘I had to turn down a job offer, as I was in too much of a state to accept. I’d already lost a job over him, because he’d got me sacked from my old position.
‘In the aftermath I hit rock bottom. I was suffering from PTSD and struggled to cope.
‘Now he’s been jailed I feel like I can in some way move on. I am just glad he is out of my life forever.’