Man, 39, jailed after stabbing ex’s mum more than 20 times before trying to run her over

A man who stabbed his ex’s mother more than 20 times before trying to run her over in a drink and drug-fuelled attack has been jailed.

Michael Moon, 39, drank a litre of vodka and snorted cocaine before driving to Carmel Ratcliffe’s house at around 9pm on June 4 armed with a large kitchen knife.

He spoke to her briefly before launching into the frenzied attack which left the woman partially amputated before fleeing the scene at 134mph.

He was jailed for 22 years at Liverpool Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a bladed article.

Moon stabbed Ms Ratcliffe – his daughter’s grandmother – at least 20 times to the head and upper body outside her house in Widnes, Cheshire, the court heard.

He continued to attack her even after she fell to the floor and threw the knife at her as her returned to his car, which became lodge in her shoulder.

As Ms Ratcliffe, 67, began crawling along the pavement in an attempt to escape, Moon drove towards her and mounted the pavement as he tried to run her over.

Despite the severity of her injuries, Ms Ratcliffe managed to move out of the path of his vehicle before locals rushed to provide lifesaving first aid treatment.

After being blue lighted to Aintree Hospital, she underwent further lifesaving emergency.

Cops launched a manhunt and Moon was arrested later that night in Widnes.

Detective inspector Hannah Friend, of Cheshire Police, said: “Our thoughts are with Carmel and her family who have shown incredible courage and tenacity since the attack, and I thank them for their support.

“Carmel’s remarkable resilience stands in sharp contrast to the actions of the coward who attacked her and who is now serving a lengthy prison sentence.

“This incident was one of the most violent and harrowing attacks my colleagues and I have seen in our careers.

“All those involved in the incident and subsequent investigation have been truly shocked by the callous and brutal nature of the assault.

“Had it not been for the outstanding bravery of Carmel’s neighbours in providing critical lifesaving first-aid I fear that the outcome for Carmel would have been very different.

“The actions and professionalism of the initial response officers, paramedics, and our NHS colleagues in contributing to the victim’s incredible recovery have meant that she has been able to return to her family as a much-loved wife, mother, and grandmother.”