A 33-YEAR-OLD man from Leigh forced his way into his ex-partner's house with a knife earlier this year, stabbing her new partner seven times in a "fit of jealousy".

James Daniel Cunliffe, of Diamond Street, Leigh, was found guilty of attempted murder at a trial at Manchester Crown Court in November.

Upon sentencing yesterday (Wednesday, December 15), he was handed 20 years in jail and given a life-long restraining order against the victim.

On Monday, March 22, Cunliffe went to his ex-partner's house around 7.40pm and confronted her new partner, punching the man as the pair fell into the front room.

The couple fought off Cunliffe and believed he had left by the back door, only for him to return with a large knife from the kitchen.

He then stabbed the victim seven times as he tried to defend himself, including twice in the head as he lay defenceless on the floor.

The victim survived but needed hospital treatment for stab wounds to his head, chest, arm, groin and leg, as well as for a punctured lung.

Cunliffe fled the scene and returned to his home address where he tried to cover his tracks by disposing of his T-shirt covered in blood.

When police found him at a second address in Leigh, Cunliffe gave a false name but was arrested when an officer recognised him.

Detective Constable Sean Goddard, of Wigan CID, said: "This was a violent and frenzied attack carried out in a fit of jealousy.

"The victim was rugby-tackled by Cunliffe, who has then returned with a large kitchen knife.

"Cunliffe has then proceeded to violently and frantically stab the victim in the groin and leg.

"Further stab wounds have resulted in head, chest and arm injuries and a punctured lung as the victim tried to defend himself.

"As the victim was slumped between the couch and the front door, Cunliffe stabbed him twice in the head.

"Initially the victim was in a lot of pain, struggling to walk and breathe.

"However, even though he has recovered, he is still struggling to sleep following the incident and has flashbacks resulting in him not being able to return to work."