Terrifying outfit man wore to kidnap his ex before witnesses rushed to help her
These are the terrifying clothes that a man wore to try and kidnap his ex-girlfriend from the hospital where she worked.
Gregory Whyte, 55, stalked Macclesfield Hospital wearing the nurse’s outfit, mask and wig, brandishing a knife and handcuffs.
He tried to bundle his victim into her car before hospital visitors rushed over to intervene.
Police discovered Whyte wearing a deer stalker in a nearby road and he was armed with a knife, rubber gloves, a cutter blade, metal wire, tape, a craft knife, a pair of scissors, handcuffs made from cable-ties, brown tape, cable ties and rope, the tunic, and the mask, which had a large knife inside.
He said he had the items to fix a gazebo.
Whyte, from Blurton, Staffordshire, has now been jailed for 12 years for the crime that was sparked by his inability to accept that their relationship had broken down.
Chester Crown Court heard that he also believed that he was owed money from a timeshare in Malta and had planned the kidnap for two months.
He searched the internet for a mask and wig, and did a ‘dummy run’ from the Potteries to Macclesfield just days before the incident. Whyte had met his ex-partner when they worked together at a care home.
Prosecutor Anna Pope said: ‘His ex-partner had met another man and what was clear was that she did not want any further communication with him. He put together a plan to kidnap her when she was due to finish work. He researched online for items and did a dummy run days before.’
The nurse had returned to her car when Whyte grabbed her at 8pm on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
Mrs Pope added: ‘She started to scream and she could tell it was a man because of the size of the person and the force. The man shouted at her to be quiet and said: “shut up or I will kill you”.
‘He pushed her in the car and she turned, facing the person, and it frightened her even more.’
Mrs Pope added: ‘The struggle continued and she continued to scream.. The defendant put one hand on her mouth and kept shouting “shut up or I will kill you”. He was holding a knife and thrusting it to her. She believed she would be killed.
‘Other people saw the struggle and ran to assist. At this time, during the struggle, the defendant’s mask and wig came off and she recognised him. He told her to be quiet and suggested they went back home.
‘After he saw people approach he picked up a carrier bag, tried to open the passenger door and then walked away. Those passers-by said she was physically shaking and appeared terrified.’
The court heard Whyte – who has since had a heart bypass – told police he was using the equipment to repair a gazebo. He later pleaded guilty to attempted kidnap, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possessing a knife in a public place.
Richard Davenport, mitigating, said: ‘This could have been far worse but when the mask was off it seems to have broken the spell and he calmed down. What led to this was his obsession with the timeshare money he believed he was owed. He became obsessed with the money. He has asked to apologise for what he has done, but at the time he was obsessed about the money.’
Judge Nicholas Woodward said the ‘grave offence’ was pre-mediated and carefully planned.
He said: ‘These offences are set against a background of obsessive behaviour directed to your ex-partner. You were moved by jealousy and an inability to understand your former partner no longer wanted to be with you.
‘What you were intending can only be gleaned by looking at the items in your possession. All these items, in my judgement, can only be required for worrying and sinister purposes.’
Whyte has also been handed a restraining order which stops him from contacting the victim, going near her home, or being close to Macclesfield Hospital.