A jealous thug who stabbed his female friend ten times while she was on a Tinder date has been convicted of attempted murder.
Robert Truscott, 48, was obsessed with Emma Wolfenden, 37, but she was not interested in forming a relationship with him.
A court heard he became ‘angry and jealous’ when she told him a man she met on dating app Tinder would be visiting her home in Oakham, Rutland.
Truscott, of Langham, Rutland, armed himself with a 10-inch kitchen knife and cycled to her home where he violently stabbed Ms Wolfenden and attacked her date.
Ms Wolfenden recovered following the incident but died months later – although her death was found to not be ‘directly linked’ to the attack.
Robert Truscott, 48, a jealous thug who stabbed his female friend Emma Wolfenden (pictured), 37, ten times while she was on a Tinder date has been convicted of her attempted murder
She suffered horrific injuries including a wound to her neck which pierced her jugular vein.
She also suffered six chest wounds as well as lacerations to her liver, lung and diaphragm and three stab wounds to her stomach.
The man Ms Wolfenden was with suffered a cut hand while wrestling the knife from Truscott.
Ms Wolfenden survived the attack on January 21 last year and was rushed to hospital where she underwent four operations.
Truscott, of Langham, Rutland, armed himself with a 10-inch kitchen knife and cycled to her home where he violently stabbed Ms Wolfenden and attacked her date
She spent three months recovering in hospital before being discharged in April and Truscott was charged with attempted murder.
On June 23, Ms Wolfenden was found dead at her home and a post mortem revealed her death was not directly linked to the attack.
Following a trial at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday, Truscott was found guilty of attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm to the man.
He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a knife.
After the verdicts, Ms Wolfenden’s heartbroken older brother Charles paid an emotional tribute to her, saying she ‘lit up any room she walked into’.
Charles said: ‘Emma spent most of her life in Rutland and touched a lot of lives during her life.
‘During her life, she worked as a carer for disadvantaged children for many years and also worked with people battling substance abuse.
‘She was also due to start a qualification in social care.
‘Emma also had a great sense of humour and would light up any room she walked into. She loved listening to music, played the oboe and also enjoyed horse riding.
‘After being discharged from hospital in April, Emma had been determined to keep moving forward with her life and to make a quick recovery.
After the verdicts, Ms Wolfenden’s (pictured) heartbroken older brother Charles paid an emotional tribute to her, saying she ‘lit up any room she walked into’
‘As a family, we were left devastated by her tragic death.
‘Emma – you will forever be in our memories. We will never forget you and the happiness and joy you brought not only to our lives but to the lives of many others too.’
Ms Wolfenden dialled 999 at 9.10pm on January 21 last year and told police that Truscott and her date were fighting at her home in Bullfinch Close.
Officers were then contacted by East Midlands Ambulance Service who had received a call from Truscott who said he had stabbed Ms Wolfenden.
When police arrived at the address Ms Wolfenden was found with multiple stab wounds to her chest and neck.
Leicester Crown Court (pictured) heard that Truscott armed himself with a 10-inch kitchen knife and cycled to her house and wounded both of them
Truscott was at the scene and admitted it was his fault and was arrested.
The court heard that Ms Wolfenden had been a close friend of Truscott for four years and they would drink regularly at her home but she had no romantic interest in him.
During the trial, Truscott told the jury he took the knife round to her home ‘out of stupidity’.
He said he could not remember why he stabbed his friend who suffered ten knife wounds.
Detective Constable Gemma Allen, of Leicestershire Police, said: ‘This was no doubt an extremely frightening incident for Ms Wolfenden and for the other male victim involved at the time.
‘Ms Wolfenden remained in hospital for three months after the incident receiving treatment for serious injuries because of the terrifying actions of Robert Truscott.’
Truscott was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on February 4.