December 4, 2020

Builder who tried to lure girl into van and nearly killed teacher in knifing wanted by police – Liverpool Echo

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A builder who carried out a horrific knife attack which nearly killed a nursery school teacher and attempted to lure a school girl into his van is wanted by police.

Merseyside Police has launched a manhunt for wanted Huyton man Robert Case so they can put him back behind bars.

The 39-year-old breached the conditions of his licence after his release and a prison recall was issued for him.

The public has been urged to contact the police if they spot the builder responsible for two high profile and sickening crimes.

In April, 2017 Case, from Huyton, was jailed for 37 months after he tried to entice a schoolgirl into his van, leading to a high speed police chase across the city.

The teenage girl was approached by Case in the Sefton Street area of Litherland in October, 2016. The teen refused to get into the van and a member of the public raised the alarm.

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Case, who was high on cocaine at the time, was pursued and tried to run down a police officer, rammed a patrol car and then fled to through Formby and Southport before crashing into a shop front.

He even continued to drive at speed after a stop-stick device shredded his front two tyres. He was eventually stopped in Southport town centre, and arrested.

Case, of no fixed address but originally from the Huyton area, admitted the attempted abduction of a child and dangerous driving, but denied he approached the girl with a “sexual motive.”

But Judge Elizabeth Nicholls ruled his motives were “both sexual and sinister” and jailed him for 37 months.

And in 2002 Case carried out a horrendous knife attack on a young nursery school teacher outside her Bootle home.

Case, then 22, lay in wait for his then girlfriend armed with a knife. He then stabbed her in the back, heart and arm.

The young teacher suffered a stroke as a result of the brutal attack and spent three months in hospital recovering. She was left registered disabled.

In 2003 Julie Forsyth, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Case and the woman had a turbulent relationship for about five years.

The court heard that Case met his former girlfriend outside McDonald’s in Page Moss to discuss a £200 debt but then produced a knife, which he said he was going to stab her new boyfriend with.

Case, then of Stockbridge Lane, Huyton, later carried out a horrific knife attack on the woman outside her Bootle home.

He was initially charged with attempted murder but pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Jailing Case for eight years, Judge David Lynch said: “This was not a sudden loss of will, it was a culmination of intimidation and violence towards the victim.

“It was carefully planned and vicious. She needs protecting from you and she needs protecting from herself.”

And in 2005 Case, while out on remand, received another four years behind bars for threatening to kill her.

Judge Henry Globe, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said: “The calls were menacing in the extreme. There were many references to killing her and members of her family at some time in the future.”

Today Merseyside Police urged witnesses to come forward and described Case as white, 6ft tall, of heavy build, with brown hair and blue eyes.

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A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “If you have seen Case or have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact us via @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘ Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook, or call the independent charity @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111, with reference 20000685178.”

You can also contact them via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.