Man who stabbed partner at Dundee wallpaper shop sentenced

A Dundee man who repeatedly stabbed his partner after she broke up with him has been jailed.

Gordon Ayre, 54, was sentenced to four years in prison for plunging a knife into Mariana Mreana’s breast and abdomen at Select Wallpaper in Ainslie Street.

The High Court in Edinburgh previously heard Ayre asked for “one last hug” before stabbing Ms Mreana up to seven times after she told him their relationship was over, leaving her with permanent scarring.

The pair worked together at the shop and Ms Mreana was wearing eight layers of clothing at the time because she didn’t want to collect her belongings after the break-up.

Gordon Ayre

Medics treated her for stab wounds to her left breast, abdomen, left arm and a cut to a finger on her left hand.

Ayre, a prisoner at Perth, pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting Ms Mreana to her severe injury, permanent disfigurement and to the danger of her life on August 2.

He returned for sentencing today after pleading guilty on December 14.

The court heard he was the victim of physical and sexual abuse during his childhood.

Mr Martin, defending, said his upbringing had caused him difficulties throughout his adult life.

A police car sitting outside Select Wallpaper

He said: “To some extent, he wants to bring this matter to an end. He regrets his actions.

“He’s someone who is described as having suffered an emotional collapse but I think it’s really the position that, given his problems throughout childhood and the very difficult upbringing he had, he clearly was deeply in love with this particular lady and could not cope with her decision to bring the relationship to an end and behaved in the fashion described.”

Judge Lord Woolman said: “Until August 2017, you were in a relationship for about seven years. You and your partner not only lived together but worked together. On August 2 you were both at work, she told you she was ending the relationship. You asked her for a last hug.

“You then struck her repeatedly with a knife. Despite her pleas for you to stop, you continued to attack. Others had to pull you away.”

Ayre was sentenced to four years in prison backdated to August 29 last year.

He was admonished on a charge of breaching bail by sending text messages to Ms Mreana on August 24.