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Man found guilty of attempted murder in East Finchley
A man who stabbed his wife’s ex-husband has been found guilty of attempted murder.
Following an eight day trial at Wood Green Crown Court William Kelly, 50, was yesterday found guilty following the attack on October 30, 2011.
Kelly, who lives in east London, entered a house in Oakleigh Road North, East Barnet, at 3.30am while his victim, Michael May, was sleeping.
Kelly entered the house using a key, his face was covered with a balaclava and a motorbike helmet and he was wearing gloves.
He struck Mr May over the head several times with a baton causing serious bleeding.
He then forced his victim to the ground and pressed the baton to his neck before drawing a knife from a shoulder sheath and stabbing Mr May.
The victim struggled with his attacker and managed to knock the knife out of his hand.
Kelly searched for the knife and when he found it he ran from the scene saying: “Don’t look at me. Don’t follow me or I’ll kill yer kids.”
Kelly left Mr May badly injured but he managed to drag himself to a phone and called 999.
When police and paramedics arrived they had to force the door open to treat him.
Mr May was rushed to hospital where it was discovered that of his numerous stab wounds, one had pierced his heart.
The victim had previously been married to a woman with whom he had two children.
Following their divorce the victim’s ex-wife married Kelly.
The victim had recently obtained custody of the two children, who were living with him, but staying with their mother, on the night of the attack.
Mr May said that the divorce, and subsequent relationship with his ex-wife and her new husband, had been acrimonious.
Kelly was identified as police discovered he was the owner of a Nissan car which was seen on CCTV near the scene shortly after the attack.
At the scene the police also found the tip of a black rubber glove which had traces of Kelly’s DNA on it.
Mr May’s blood was also found on the steering column of Kelly’s Nissan.
Kelly will be sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court tomorrow.