Woman jailed after she stabbed man in chest in Norwich flat

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

Peter Walsh
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:41 AM

A woman who stabbed a man through the chest at a flat in Norwich was been jailed for six years by a judge who described it as a “serious and wicked” thing to do.

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Jacquie Duffy had denied wounding with intent and claimed she acted in self-defence following unwanted sexual advances during the incident.

But the 53-year-old, of Desmond Drive, Old Catton, was previously found guilty at Norwich Crown Court of stabbing the man with a kitchen knife, puncturing the chest wall just inches from his heart, with the blade going through his lung and out the other side.

Jailing Duffy Judge Peter Jacobs said he accepted that she was under an attack which, while not an “all out sex attack”, amounted to being “sexually molested” by the victim who he described as a “bit of a sexual predator”.

Judge Jacobs said the starting point for such an offence was 12 years but given the unusual and “exceptional” circumstances was able to discount the sentence which he insisted still had to be substantial.

Before sentencing Duffy yesterday Judge Jacobs said: “She met the wrong man at the wrong time I’m afraid but you can’t do this to people with knives.”

He added: “What you did was a complete and rather frightening overreaction. You took a kitchen knife, it has a blade of seven to eight inches, and thrust it into that man’s chest with such force that it penetrated the chest wall and the lung. It was a potentially life-threatening injury.”

During the trial in January Norwich Crown Court heard the 64-year-old complainant had only met Duffy a week or so before he was stabbed on July 31 last year at Staunford Court, off Heigham Street, Norwich.

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.

He also described the moment he was stabbed as being “like something out of a horror movie”.

Jonathan Goodman, mitigating, said his client has an alcohol problem which she was making “determined efforts” to address.

He said she had to “accept” and “expect” a lengthy custodial sentence but said she was a “vulnerable, middle aged, poorly lady” who had been “violated in her own home” which resulted in her “overreacting and stabbing out”.

Mr Goodman said in the “trauma and agony of the moment she took a wrong step” but added it was a “single blow” and not a “frenzied, continuing attack”.

He said the precursor to the stabbing was a “violation of this woman in two locations sexually”.

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