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Suspended jail term for Norfolk woman who ‘attacked her boyfriend with a knife - then phoned 999 to get help’

12:23 23 October 2012

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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A woman suffering with a stress disorder and depression attacked her boyfriend with a knife and then phoned 999 to get help, a court heard.

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Sarah Smith, 42, slashed Robert Mould with a knife, causing deep wounds to his leg, and also slashed his wrist after she claimed he refused to leave her home in Caister, Norwich Crown Court was told yesterday.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said that Smith was crying and hysterical when she phoned the emergency services and said she had not meant to do it.

Mr Youell said that Mr Mould was taken to hospital where he had stitches to his wounds but made it clear he did not want to press charges or make any complaint.

Smith, of Weston Rise, Caister, admitted unlawful wounding on March 20 this year.

She was given a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, after Judge Nicholas Coleman heard about her mental health difficulties and the fact she had been in a previous abusive relationship.

Judge Coleman also imposed a community order with 12 months’ supervision and recommended that she continued getting support from the mental health services she was in contact with.

Judge Coleman told her: “This is a most unusual case.”

Danielle O Donovan, for Smith, said that she had previously been in an abusive relationship and a psychiatric report showed she was suffering from post traumatic stress at the time .

She said the attack was out of character and said: “This was a reaction to what has happened before as to what was happening at the time.

“It does not excuse her behaviour. She is ashamed of herself.”

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