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Husband jailed for meat cleaver attack on wife when she ended their marriage

A jealous husband who launched a savage attack on his wife with a meat cleaver after she decided to end their marriage has been jailed for 22 years.

William Clapperton, 58, left beautician Napangkawarin Clapperton covered in blood after slashing at her eyes, jaw and neck.

The victim announced she was leaving Clapperton after he lost his job at Tesco for sexually harassing a female manager, the Old Bailey heard.

He flew into a drunken fury, telling her: ‘If you are ugly, no man will want you’, before cutting her face, hands and arm.

Clapperton also tried to break his wife’s neck with his bare hands and warned ‘you are going to die’, the court was told.

Mrs Clapperton told how she is ‘broken inside and out’ and is too ashamed to leave home after the horrific ordeal, on February 17 last year.

She fled their home in Twickenham, southwest London and received treatment at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Mrs Clapperton told the court in a statement: ‘I have suffered many lacerations to my face, to my left hand and arm.

‘I feel ashamed to walk out on the street with my face, I feel everyone keeps their eyes on me.

‘This makes me not want to go out. I locked myself in my room since this has happened. I have locked myself away.

‘I feel broken both inside and out. I continue to have nightmares.

‘All I can hear is: “I will cut your face. I will make sure you are ugly and no one will want you”.’

Clapperton also tore up £5,000 worth of his wife’s designer clothing during the frenzied attack.

He also threatened to make a partially-nude picture public and hurled vile racial abuse at her.

Clapperton appeared at the court via video-link from HMP Belmarsh.

He said nothing during the hearing other than to confirm his name.

Judge Anne Molyneux jailed him for 18 years with a license period of four years.

She told him: ‘You questioned whether she had found someone else. A number of your messages amount to emotional blackmail.

‘You sent her a picture of herself partially clad. The implication being that you would post it. It was your wife’s decision to leave you that caused the attack.

‘You tried to break her neck with your hands. The attack only ended because you became too exhausted to go on.

‘You said: “We are going to die here together. You are going to die because you have lost so much blood”.’

Police attended Clapperton’s former address when an ex-partner called them after a row, the court heard.

He was reprimanded at work for humiliating a female colleague in 2017.

Prosecutor David Markham told the court: ‘The defendant, her husband, tried to break her neck with his bare hands like something you see out of a film.

‘The wounds to the neck are a combination of slashing and chopping. The wounds and cuts to the neck were the most life threatening because of the vessels in the neck.’

Clapperton claimed to have little memory of what happened but described feeling ashamed and embarrassed, Mr Markham said.

He denied attempted murder and the lesser alternative of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was convicted of attempted murder and jailed for 18 years with an extended license period of four years.

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