Man was stabbed in chest following earlier row about cigarettes, Norwich Crown Court hears

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Peter Walsh peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
6:24 AM

A man who was stabbed in the chest by a woman in her flat said the moment was “like something out of a horror movie” a court has heard.

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Norwich Crown Court heard the 64-year-old complainant had only met Jacquie Duffy a week or so before he was allegedly stabbed in the chest by the defendant in a flat on July 31 last year.

Giving evidence, the complainant, a part-time window cleaner, said both he and Duffy had been drinking at her flat and had gone out to buy tobacco and alcohol. He later returned to her flat where an argument developed as he had got her the wrong cigarettes.

The complainant said he was “fed up of her moaning” and went for a lie down on her bed after taking off all his clothes, apart from his socks.

Duffy later joined him on the bed, wearing her pyjamas and a dressing gown, but was later touched by the complainant for what he described as “comfort” rather than for sexual gratification. He said she then got out of bed and went to the living room.

The complainant followed Duffy and told Hugh Vass, prosecuting, that it was in the living room where “the knife came out”.

He said: “That came totally out of nowhere - it came totally out of nowhere.”

He added: “When I looked down I just thought ‘Jesus Christ’ and grabbed her wrist after she stabbed me.

“I didn’t look at the knife, I was looking on the floor at what the knife had done.

“That scared me, seeing all the blood rushing out of me.”

He added: “It was just a total shock what happened to me. It was like something out of a horror movie.”

Earlier Mr Vass opened the prosecution case by telling the jury that the knife punctured the complainant’s chest by 13.5cm or abput 7ins going through the chest wall - just inches from his heart - and into his lung and out the other side.

Mr Vass said: “Had it have been a different trajectory it might’ve been a murder trial but fortunately it’s not.”

He said there was “no dispute” about the fact Duffy stabbed the complainant but the issue is as to whether it was lawful.

The jury heard Duffy, 53, of Desmond Drive, Old Catton, denies wounding with intent and will claim she acted in self defence following the unwanted sexual advances.

But Mr Vass said even if what is claimed did happened there was no way it was “lawful self defence” and nothing which would “justify her stabbing him in the way that she did”.

The trial continues.

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