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A pub chef who tried to bludgeon to death his friend after finding him naked with his girlfriend after a cocaine-fuelled lock-in has been jailed for nine years.
Frenchman Nicolas Cherpin, 29, dreamt of marrying Chloe Jackson and had moved to Britain to be with her, the Old Bailey heard.
However, he flew into a rage when he found her with Douglas Foley, their colleague at the Old Crown in New Oxford Street, after a “wild night” of drink and drugs on April 21 this year.
Kevin Dent, prosecuting, said Cherpin, his girlfriend of eight years and Mr Foley had drunk “a large amount of alcohol” and taken cocaine during the lock-in, which started after the pub closed at 3am.
“Both Mr Foley and Ms Jackson ended up in a state of some undress on the top floor of the pub,” he said. “The defendant believed Ms Jackson and Mr Foley had been together in some kind of sexual encounter.”
Cherpin punched Mr Foley repeatedly, breaking his nose as he cowered on the floor. He then searched for a weapon and asked a waitress for a sharp knife. He stabbed Mr Foley repeatedly in the chest, legs, neck, head and stomach, only stopping when Mr Foley blacked out.
Mr Foley, who was naked, fled to the bar where Cherpin began bludgeoning him with pint glasses and slashing at his neck. “He grabbed empty pint glasses and repeatedly smashed them on Mr Foley’s head, even after the glass had broken”, said Mr Dent.
The court heard Mr Foley was curled up in a ball on the floor, crying out “I’m done”. The attack only ended when a passer-by burst into the pub and dragged Cherpin into the street. Cherpin told police: “I saw my girlfriend naked with another man, so I tried to kill him.”
Mr Dent said Cherpin repeatedly asked officers: “Is he dead?”, adding: “I hope so, I meant to kill him.”
Jailing Cherpin for nine years after he admitted attempted murder, Judge Jeremy Donne QC said: “You had undoubtedly experienced a high level of provocation by finding your girlfriend, a woman you intended to marry, who you considered to be the centre of your life, semi-naked with a naked man on top of her.”
Cherpin’s parents, who are teachers in northern France, wept in the public gallery as their son was led to the cells.
Mr Foley told the court he had partially forgiven Cherpin. “It was a rather messy and wild night that spiralled out of control — none of us could have imagined things ending like this but I think we are all feeling sorry that they did,” he said.
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