Woman, 24, tells how controlling boyfriend she met on OKCupid stabbed her 27 times after she dumped him
- Timothy Pike launched brutal knife attack on Nicole Harper at home they shared
- Ms Harper, of Manchester, was stabbed in the back, stomach, throat and armpit
- Pike then took a photo of Ms Harper as she laid dying before sending to a friend
- He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was given indefinite hospital order
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A woman has relived the terrifying moment she was stabbed 27 times by the abusive boyfriend she had met on a dating site after she dumped him.
Timothy Pike, 25, launched a brutal knife attack on Nicole Harper the morning after she had told him of her plans to move out of their home in Derbyshire.
The 24-year-old was stabbed in the back, stomach, throat, and armpit by Pike, who came at her from behind as she got ready for work in the morning.
Nicole Harper (pictured) was stabbed 27 times in the back, stomach, throat, and armpit by former boyfriend Timothy Pike at their home in Derbyshire after she tried to break up with him
Seconds after the attack, disturbed Pike took a photograph of Ms Harper as she lay dying, before shamelessly sending it to an online gaming friend.
Ms Harper told how she only managed to stay conscious and survive the attack after reaching for a dirty sock to stem the profuse bleeding coming from her neck wound.
She then crawled to her mobile phone to call 999, with police arriving minutes later to arrest Pike as she rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary for surgery.
Speaking nearly two years after the attack in April 2018, Ms Harper revealed how the couple had met on dating site OKCupid in August 2016.
Speaking nearly two years after the attack in April 2018, Ms Harper revealed how she had met Timothy Pike (pictured, right) on dating site OKCupid in August 2016
She recalled how Pike seemed charming at first, but eventually began to display controlling behaviour, constantly quizzing her over past boyfriends.
His behaviour took a darker turn when he started sharing photographs of skinned and decapitated bodies he had found on the internet, telling her: ‘This will be you’.
Ms Harper, of Manchester, told The Sun: ‘I thought it was just a sick joke, so I laughed it off. But it was horrifying. He even sent the images to my parents and they begged me to break up with him. I was adamant that he’d never hurt me.’
Despite her family’s vehement protests, Ms Harper moved into the home where Pike lived with his parents in Glossop, Derbyshire.
Pike started sharing photographs of skinned and decapitated bodies he had found on the internet, telling her: ‘This will be you’. After he stabbed her 27 times the morning after their break-up, Pike shared a picture of her dying with an online gaming friend
The relationship broke down soon after, with Pike even refusing to allow distressed Ms Harper to contact her worried family.
On the night of April 18, 2018, Ms Harper told Pike that she no longer saw a future between the pair, but he ‘didn’t put up a fight’ and they shared a bed as usual.
The following morning, as Ms Harper prepared to get ready for work, Pike launched his sudden and grotesque knife attack on her.
She told The Sun: ‘I walked into the bedroom and out of nowhere he stabbed me over and over again in my back, stomach, throat, and armpit.
‘I could hear air coming out of my lungs as I collapsed to the floor. Then Tim pulled the hood of my coat over my face and tried to suffocate me. He never said a word.’
In July last year, Pike pleaded guilty to attempted murder and he was given an indefinite hospital order after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.