Jail for wife stabber Nikolay Batkadzhov who attacked wife in their Whitfield home
Police tape outside the
scene of the Whitfield stabbing
A deranged husband who stabbed his estranged wife three times
and then plunged the knife into his own chest as police broke into
the former matrimonial home has been jailed for 13 years.
Bulgarian Nikolay Batkadzhov wept as a jury cleared him of
attempted murder but convicted him of wounding with intent.
His Romanian wife Cristina Cilipic also wept having claimed in a
victim impact statement the attack was “a one-off accident” and
expressed concern about their child being left without a
But Judge Michael Carroll told 27-year-old Batkadzhov he had
inflicted extremely serious and life-threatening injuries on the
“I detect no remorse and I can find no mitigation in this case,”
Maidstone Crown Court heard the couple met when they were
working at Newmafruits Farm in Chartham, near Canterbury. They
married and had a daughter, Camellia.
But the relationship deteriorated. Until early April last year,
they had lived together in Farncombe Way, Whitfield, Dover, with
Miss Cilipic’s brother Alexandru.
She had by then slept with another work colleague, Rafal
“It seems Mr Batkadzhov’s jealousy was building and his
behaviour became more and more possessive,” said prosecutor Martin
Maidstone Crown Court -
where the case was heard
On the evening of April 8 last year, Batkadzhov went to the
former matrimonial home and stayed the night while Miss Cilipic was
When Miss Cilipic arrived the next afternoon, drunk Batkadzhov
was immediately aggressive, striking her and pulling her hair and
asking why she did not want to be with him.
He also challenged her over having an affair and asked her if
she was “ready”, saying he would kill her.
Batkadzhov closed the curtains and locked the doors, leaving the
keys in the locks so that nobody could not get in.
Miss Cilipic begged Batkadzhov to think about their daughter
being left without a mother.
Miss Cilipic’s brother returned but could not get in. Batkadzhov
went to the kitchen and fetched a knife, telling his wife he was
going to kill her and then himself.
He stabbed her twice in the neck and once in the chest as police
broke down the door. An officer was sprayed with blood as she ran
Batkadzhov then laughed and stabbed himself the chest.
The blade narrowly missed Miss Cilipic’s vital organs. Both
needed surgery, Batkadzhov have the blade removed from his
He denied both charges but did not give evidence.
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