Ex-boyfriend jailed for at least 25 years for brutal attack

Matthew Sharpe, left, has been jailed for murdering Andrew Hasler, right. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

A jealous ex-lover has been jailed for a minimum of 25 years for killing his former girlfriend's new partner after claiming "If I can't have her, no one can".

Matthew Sharpe admitted the murder of Andrew Hasler as well as the attempted murder of Charna Knights at a property in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, in January.

Today, a judge at Cambridge Crown Court jailed him for a minimum of 25 years for murder. A 20-year sentence for attempted murder will run concurrently.

Mr Hasler, 28, and Ms Knights had moved in together as friends following the breakdown of her relationship with 40-year-old Sharpe. They later began dating which her ex-boyfriend struggled to deal with.

Matthew Sharpe told a friend Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

The court heard Sharpe had told a friend: "If I can't have her, no one can."

He had gone to the supermarket and bought four knives before heading to Hasler's St Ives home on January 8. When he arrived at the flat at Houghton Road he simply said "sorry" and stabbed 27-year-old Ms Knights in the chest.

When Mr Hasler stepped in to try to protect her, he was also attacked. He was stabbed a total of 17 times including a fatal wound to his heart.

Mr Hasler was stabbed 17 times - but it was a single wound to his heart that killed him. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Sharpe then turned again to Ms Knights, from Huntingdon, and began repeatedly stabbing her.

It was only when the couple's neighbour came round to find out what was happening that he was stopped. Andrew Phelps pulled Sharpe off Ms Knights and kicked the knife out of his hand.

Although Sharpe got away, he was later stopped by police who were on their way to the flat. He jumped into the River Ouse when confronted and later spent two nights in hospital.

The judge at Cambridge Crown Court praised Mr Phelps for his actions and announced he would receive £1,000 and a High Sheriff's Award for his actions.