Child's baby grow left covered in blood after mum stabbed in face by ex

Dillon Jolliffe
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A child's baby grow was left stained with blood after their mum was stabbed in the face by her ex-boyfriend.

The knife missed the woman's eye by mere millimetres as Dillon Jollife subjected her to a terrifying assault inside her own home. A judge yesterday told him that she was "fortunate not to have suffered a life changing injury".

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Jollife, 39, was made the subject of a restraining order on October 9 last year following two convictions for breaching a non-molestation order. This banned him from contacting his former partner, whom the ECHO has chosen not to name, or entering her street in Toxteth.

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But Ben Berkson, prosecuting, described how Jolliffe, of Haslemere Way in Gateacre, then attended the address on October 31 2023. An argument then flared between the two parties and he was told to leave.

However Joliffe returned and "pleaded to be allowed in". Jolliffe thereafter "acted jealously" and appeared to "believe that another man was in the house".

He later armed himself with a kitchen knife and pretended to cut himself with it before picking up a second seven-inch blade and "dragging her upstairs". The thug then left while still carrying both weapons, as well as the couple's baby.

Jolliffe however returned once more and was "begged to return the child safety". A "physical altercation" ensued between the former couple, developing into a "tug of war" for their son in which Joliffe used the knife to inflict a cut to her face in the area between her eyelid and eyebrow.

At this, he let go of the baby and left. The youngster's baby grow was "left stained with drops of blood" as a result of the mother's wound.

Jolliffe, who accused the complainant of inflicting the injury upon herself and attacking him following his arrest, has a total of eight previous convictions for 12 offences. This includes being fined for possession of an offensive weapon in 2019, 28 days in prison for breaching a domestic violence protection order in 2021, an entry for assaulting an emergency services worker in April last year, a community order for breaching a non-molestation order in June 2023 and a further community order for a malicious communications offence in September.

Paul Wood, defending, told the court on Tuesday afternoon: "He presents as somebody who is extremely young. That is reflected in his behaviour.

"He is an individual who has a history of serious mental health problems, with a number of diagnoses. He is engaging well in prison and his mental health is stable.

"He has clearly abstained from alcohol and drug abuse, forced upon him in a prison environment. No doubt, that will do him some good.

"The defendant appreciates that he is going to face the longest custodial sentence he has received. He does not shower himself in glory with his record.

"I ask the court to take into account the good progress he has made in the eight months or so that he has been kept in custody. He is someone who needs to grow up, and this sentence will give him an opportunity to grow up."

Jolliffe admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a bladed article in a public place, breaching a restraining order and breaching a non-molestation order. Appearing via video link to HMP Altcourse, he was jailed for 46 months and handed a further 15-year restraining order.

Sentencing, Judge Ian Harris said: "She was fortunate not to have suffered a life changing injury. She feared that she or her son could have been killed by you.

"Anybody who uses a knife on an individual's face must expect an immediate custodial sentence. She feels scared and overwhelmed.

"She describes your behaviour as having a devastating impact on her quality of life. She feels she is a shell of a person who will never be the same or able to forget what happened that day.

"She describes your behaviour as violent and vengeful. I agree with that description."

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