Scorned man’s chilling words seconds before he stabbed his ex-girlfriend, 19, in the chest, choked her and slammed her onto concrete before posting revenge porn online
- Mark McLean, 32, stabbed his ex-girlfriend after she ended their relationship
- He told her ‘if I can’t have you, no one can’ before plunging a knife into her chest
- McLean met the 19-year-old online and they had been dating for four months
A man told his girlfriend of four months ‘if I can’t have you, no one can’ before trying to kill her because she dumped him.
Mark McLean, 32, stabbed the 19-year-old in the chest outside her home in Balcatta, Perth, about 8.30am on March 24.
The couple began dating just four months earlier after meeting online and McLean had fallen ‘madly in love’ with his victim, The West Australian reported.
She took him to hospital the night before the attack after he threatened suicide.
But McLean discharged himself from hospital and was on meth, ecstasy and diazepam when he broke into the woman’s home the next morning.
Mark McLean, 32, stabbed the 19-year-old outside her home in Balcatta, Perth, at about 8.30am on March 24
He kicked down her door and was wielding a knife as he began to make threats.
The woman grabbed a knife already in her room and was able to settle McLean, convincing him to hand over his weapon. He obliged and she put both knives under her bed.
McLean left the home but returned a short time later. He was calm until the woman said: ‘I can’t do this anymore, you are too full on’.
He then pulled out another knife – which was hidden in his waistband – and told his victim no one else could have her if he couldn’t.
McLean plunged the knife into the woman’s chest and choked her until she lost consciousness.
He pulled her towards the footpath and slammed her onto the concrete and only fled the scene when a neighbour came to help the victim.
McLean then posted intimate photos of his former partner online.
He pleaded guilty to a charge of ‘with intent unlawfully to kill, committed an act or omission likely to endanger human life’.
McLean told his victim ‘if I can’t have you, no one can’ before stabbing her
Defence lawyer Richard Lawson told the court McLean fell madly in love with the woman and was ‘desperate’ to make the relationship work.
‘She was 19, he was 31. So he was at that age where he was looking for something more permanent. The complainant on the other hand did not have the same intense feelings… [she] wasn’t that keen,’ Mr Lawson said.
Mr Lawson said his client became ‘extremely distressed’ and started using meth when the woman said she wanted an open relationship.
His behaviour became more ‘intense, volatile and erratic’, Mr Lawson said.
Prosecutor Nicholas Cogin said the victim had tried to help her attacker but ‘her life was severely affected by this drug-induced condition that he continued to persist with’.
Mr Cogin said it was ‘drug induced mental health problems’ that sent McLean out of control.
McLean will be sentenced on Tuesday.