Dagenham father “slashes” love rival’s face

A Dagenham father-of-four repeatedly slashed his former partner’s new lover in frenzied attack in a social club car park, a court was told.

Tony Butler, 45, knifed Wayne Harris in a pub car park in Barking, Essex, moments after the two men had traded blows inside.

Mr Harris, 48, suffered wounds to his head and face and spent three days recovering in hospital after the attack on December 8, 2010.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Butler, of Broad Street, had broken up with the mother of his four children Kellie Taylor after a 14 years and she had started a new relationship with Mr Harris.

Prosecutor Irshad Sheikh said on the day of the attack Butler had been drinking in Scrattons Sports and Social Club in Morrison Road.

“What the prosecution say is that between the entrance to the club and [getting into] the car that Ms Taylor was in Wayne Harris was assaulted by Tony Butler.

“He was using a weapon, a sharp implement, perhaps a knife.

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“He used it to cause serious injury to Wayne Harris’ face.”

Butler denies attempted murder.

The trial continues.