KINKY ROMP GONE WRONG: Man stabs woman in the neck killing her during 'sadomasochistic sex'
Jason Gaskell has been jailed for six years after he killed a woman by accidentally stabbing her through the neck during sadomasochistic sex
A 24-year-old man has been jailed for six years after he killed a woman by accidentally stabbing her through the neck during sadomasochistic sex. Jason Gaskell was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted to gross negligence manslaughter of 21-year-old Laura Huteson.
The judge described the case as "highly unusual". Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Jason, "In simple terms, you unlawfully killed the woman with whom you were having sexual intercourse by stabbing her through the neck during bizarre and violent sadomasochistic sexual activity. You deliberately held the knife to her throat during sexual intercourse. Whilst performing the sexual act that knife went through her neck, severing a vital artery and vein."
He further added that, even though the attack was unintentional, the chances of the act going wrong were high. “You did not intend that to happen but the danger of stabbing the victim was obvious," he added, as reported by Independent.
The judge further added that there was no suggestion that sex was non-consensual. "It appears you harboured a desire for, and regularly put into practice, a particularly extreme form of sexual activity, in that you enjoyed sadomasochism whereby you held the throats of sexual partners very tightly and regularly used a knife in the midst of sexual congress, usually by holding it against the throat of a woman," the judge said.
“You kept a knife under your pillow for that purpose," he further added. Judge Richardson said, Laura, was a “much-loved daughter”, although she had become estranged from them. “It is also a sad feature of this case that she ever became involved with you," the judge further added. Throughout the hearing, Jason was reportedly crying. Judge Richardson said: “You regularly would place your hands around the throats of sexual partners and this would be exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs."
“You indulged in what can only be described as extremely dangerous sadomasochistic sexual acts where, given the use of the knife as a means of simulated threats, there was an acute risk of serious violence and death being visited upon your sexual partner," he further added. “The fact the partner consented to this form of sexual activity is limited mitigation.” The judge added that Jason was aware of the danger as it would often engage in sexual encounters that will pose the same threat but he decided to not weigh in that thought while getting sexually involved with Laura.
"This is not a case where you were participating in experimental sexual perversion. You regularly and repeatedly took colossal dangers when indulging your sexual fantasies. There can be no other way of characterizing your conduct when a knife is used as a key component of the sexual act," the judge said. “This may be called role play but it was an exceptionally dangerous form of it, with acute risks of death and serious injuries as part of it.”
Jason and Lauren had met on 27 February. Lauren had come to Jason's house where the others were present. The other guests were reportedly taking cocaine and drinking vodka. The pair had sex during which Jason wrapped his hand around Lauren. However, he decided to stop when she used the code word that they had agreed upon. “There is no suggestion it was any form of rape or in any way an act of unwanted sexual activity," Judge Richardson added.
He further added, "It has been described inelegantly as ‘rough sex’ and ‘adventurous’. I eschew any such descriptions. It was simply extremely dangerous sadomasochistic sexual conduct. You were both heavily intoxicated through alcohol and drugs.” The judge said that Jason held the knife to Lauren's throat and first realized something was wrong when “she gave a jerking motion”. Even though Jason had called the paramedics, the judge stated that he was "rude and confrontational."
At first, Jason had told the police that Lauren had fallen or rolled onto the knife. However, he later admitted to what had happened and, even though he confessed of the crime, the judge said that since no one else was present in the room there is no possibility of finding out what had really happened. "I do not doubt you are filled with remorse," Judge Richardson said.