A MAN has gone on trial accused of slashing a love rival across the face with a carving knife in a public toilet in East Oxford.

Calvin Souch is accused of cutting Carl Suter across the face in the public convenience in Cowley Road, near Manzil Way, on October 9 last year.

Prosecutor Tim Horgan told jurors at Oxford Crown Court yesterday the incident was part of a “rather unfortunate love triangle” involving Faye Noonan, who had dated both men.

Mr Horgan said 38-year-old Souch was subject to a form of restraining order preventing him from threatening Miss Noonan at the time.

He said the defendant had gone round to her house in Divinity Road, East Oxford, on Friday, October 8, where Mr Suter had stayed that night.

Souter shouted abuse at Miss Noonan from the road and tried to kick down the door.

Jurors heard Souch then sent text messages to Miss Noonan saying “once too much, Faye, you know what has to happen, don’t you” and “hope you had a good night with him (Suter), it’s the only one you will have”.

Mr Suter, jurors were told, got up at about 7.30am the following morning and went to the Leys Pharmacy in Cowley Road to collect his methadone prescription.

Mr Suter told the court he went across the road to the toilets and was attacked by Souch.

He said Souch told him “it’s time to get it”.

Mr Suter said he needed “35 to 40 stitches” to his face.

Souch, of Divinity Road, denies wounding with intent, criminal damage and breaching a non-molestation order.

The trial continues.