I was stabbed 10 times by my fiance after I called our wedding off

Jealous rage sparks knife frenzy after wedding is called of
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Attacker: Rebecca Williams was stabbed by her ex fiance Liam when she cancelled their wedding
Emerging from the changing-room in her elegant wedding gown, Rebecca Williams felt a rush of excitement. Her big day was weeks away and she had just found the perfect dress.

But as time passed, it dawned on her that she had not found the perfect man after all. So Rebecca called off the wedding.

It was a decision which almost cost the 21-year-old her life.

In a nightmarish act of revenge, her jilted fiance Liam Jones stabbed Rebecca 10 times and left her fighting for her life.

In January, he was jailed for 13 years.

Now, 12 months after the attack, she still has no regrets about backing out.

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Your Life story Rebecca Williams 22 was stabbed by her ex fiance Liam when she cancelled their wedding and got back together with her childhood sweetheart Gary Thompson
“I feel like I’ve had two lucky escapes,” says the nursing assistant from Brecon, Powys. “One from a loveless marriage and the other from death. I count my blessings every day that I’m still alive.”

Rebecca was just 17 when she met Liam, now 22, when they both worked in Morrison’s supermarket in Brecon.

“We just clicked,” she says. “Within a year we’d moved in together.” But money worries forced a succession of moves and Rebecca found herself living further and further away from friends and family.

“I got quite lonely,” she says. “And Liam’s attitude didn’t help. He’d never been much of a romantic but at times he made me feel like I didn’t even exist.

“Even when I decided to take up nursing, it was all about him – how my long shifts and training were going to affect our home life together.”

Still, Rebecca was determined to make it work and when Liam proposed in June 2011 as they cuddled in front of the TV, she instantly said yes.

“It wasn’t a big starry-eyed proposal,” says Rebecca. “But I’d always wanted to get married and by now I knew that with Liam, what you saw was what you got. And at the time it was what I wanted.”

Liam and Rebecca settled on a date – May 2012 – and the couple went shopping for an engagement ring. “It was beautiful. Liam had got a new job in the kitchen of the local Army base and did the traditional thing of paying for it himself.

“Mum and I went shopping for my dream dress soon after. I remember Mum gasping as I came out of the dressing room. I couldn’t wait for the day to arrive to show it off to everyone.”

Your Life story Rebecca Williams 22 was stabbed by her ex fiance Liam when she cancelled their wedding and got back together with her childhood sweetheart Gary Thompson
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But as that day drew near, Liam grew distant – putting in extra shifts or going out with friends.

Then one evening while looking over their bank statements, he delivered shattering news.

“He told me he didn’t think we could afford the wedding,” says Rebecca. “I couldn’t believe it. I’d already set the date, booked the church and reception, and told all our friends.”

But looking at their finances Rebecca realised he was right. “I agreed to postpone it a month.”

Even so Rebecca forged ahead, organising flowers, table decorations and favours.

“But then one night in May 2012 I asked him for a bit of help with the seating plan and he exploded with rage. He said all the planning was doing his head in and he wasn’t ready for marriage.

“I was devastated. I was sick of doing all the running in our relationship.”

After weeks of arguments more doubts about a long-term future with Liam crept in. “I didn’t want to raise children in an unhappy marriage. My own parents were separated and I didn’t want the same for my family.

“The final straw was when Liam kicked off about me messaging an old male friend in London. He accused me of planning to run away. It was just ridiculous.

“I threw some things in a bag, took off my ring and handed Liam my keys to our home. We were through.”

Rebecca moved in with dad Ian, 50, and brother Thomas, 18. The 200 guests were told the wedding was off. “I asked Mum to get rid of my dress,” she says. “Of course, I felt sad but I knew I’d made the right decision. Liam didn’t even seem that upset and I only heard from him to sort the bills.”

Then a couple of weeks later, out of the blue, Rebecca received a text from lorry driver Gary Thompson, 25. “Gary had been my first love when I was 15,” she says. “We’d only dated a few months and when he called time on it, I was heartbroken.”

Texts flew back and forth before Gary suggested meeting up and Rebecca agreed.

“I didn’t feel guilty about Liam – I was just going to meet an old friend, not looking for a boyfriend. But it just felt so easy. The old feelings came flooding back and I was falling for him all over again.”

Gary suggested they put Liam in the picture before he heard about it through friends.

“I agreed and sent him a text the next day.

Fifteen minutes later, his car screeched to a halt outside my dad’s. Liam came storming up to me in the garden and told me that I’d better watch my back, that he’d be coming for me – then sped off again.”

Barely 30 minutes later, as Rebecca made dinner, Liam texted saying he was outside with some of her possessions.

“When I got out there Liam suddenly lunged at me, fists flying. I felt blows to my stomach and back. He screamed that if he couldn’t have me, neither could Gary.

“Then, as he shoved me to the ground, I saw a flash in his hand – a knife.”

She says: “My top was drenched in blood. I tried to get free but Liam headbutted me. I was losing consciousness and was convinced that I was going to die. Then suddenly Liam let go, ran to his car and sped away.”

“Liam’s knife had punctured my liver and gut. I was in agony for months. When the day I should have been walking down the aisle arrived it barely registered.”

Liam was arrested and in January this year appeared at Merthyr Tydfil crown court, when he was jailed for 13 years after admitting attempted murder. “I glanced at him in court,” says Rebecca, “and just felt sick to the stomach.”

Six months on and Rebecca and Gary aren’t rushing down the aisle. “I’ve learned the hard way that you don’t need a big wedding day to be happy.”

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