A MAN who repeatedly stabbed his brother in the chest has been cleared of attempted murder.
Paul Connor, of Crowsmere Drive, Great Sutton, was also cleared of an alternative charge of wounding with intent, but was found guilty of unlawful wounding.
A Liverpool Crown Court jury heard how the 35-year-old had, at the time of the offence, been living with his mother after splitting from his wife.
But he also spent a lot of time at his brother Daniel Connor's home in Wirral.
The court was told Daniel Connor began to suspect something was going on between his brother and his wife, Vivienne.
On May 14 last year the two men had been out drinking together.
When they got back to their mother's home, Daniel Connor had a heated row on the telephone with his wife.
Afterwards, he became angry and asked Connor what had been going on between him and his wife.
The court heard a heated argument developed and Paul Connor ran into the kitchen and emerged with a 5-inch kitchen knife.
He stabbed his brother in the left side of his chest. They then began to wrestle.
At hospital, it was found Daniel Connor had four stab wounds to his chest, one of which punctured his left lung, and a wound to his scalp. He has since made a full recovery.
Police found Connor at the scene in Ravenswood Avenue, Rock Ferry, distressed and shaking. He immediately admitted stabbing his brother.
Connor, who'd denied the offences, told the court he'd been involved in a three-way sexual relationship with his brother and his wife. The couple both denied this.
He was remanded in custody until sentence on March 9.