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Thursday, 9 February 2017
Soldier John Watson jailed after cling film attack on love rival
The victim, who is based at Prince Harry's former barracks in Windsor, had his face wrapped in cling film before being stabbed.
By Bethany Minelle, News Reporter
A soldier has been jailed for 16 years after attempting to murder a love rival and fellow soldier using cling film and a jab saw.
John Watson, 35, kidnapped and attacked James Dicks, then aged 28, in revenge for dating his ex-wife.
After forcing the Household Cavalry trooper into the back of his car, he "hog-tied" his former friend, wrapped his head in cling film and stabbed and slashed him with a knife and jab saw.
The attack only stopped when members of the public called the police, who arrived armed with Tasers.
Both men were married, but living separately from their wives, and Mr Dicks had become romantically involved with Mrs Watson in early 2016.
Despite attempts to keep the relationship secret, Watson discovered that his friend was seeing his wife, which he considered to be a "betrayal".
It was following the death of his foster mother in March that the father-of-two "planned to kill James Dicks", who he had first met in 2010 and was later stationed with at Combermere Barracks, near Windsor, in 2015.
Prior to the attack, the soldier, who had served in Afghanistan, had Googled both how to dispose of a body and sentences for murder, as well as ordering a workman to dig a grave near his barracks, claiming it was to bury his dog.
During sentencing, the judge said: "It seems to me there are two John Watsons.
"The John Watson who was a devoted family man and the disciplined soldier who served his country with honour and bravery, and then there is the other John Watson, the one who allowed himself to become consumed by anger, jealousy, rage and murderous intent over the course of February to May 2016."
During the attack, Mr Dicks suffered a stab wound to his side and elbow, and damage to a tendon in his right middle finger, which required surgery.
Mr Dicks and Mrs Watson - who has reverted to her maiden name - are still in a relationship, and are now believed to have a child together.