Woman cleared of wounding her boyfriend

A woman accused of slashing her fiancé's throat with a knife when he tried to stop her self-harming was yesterday cleared by a jury of unlawfully wounding him.

A woman accused of slashing her fiancé's throat with a knife when he tried to stop her self-harming was yesterday cleared by a jury of unlawfully wounding him.

Lloyd Burnham ran from the couple's flat in Clapham Road North, Lowestoft, with blood pouring from the wound, and collapsed after seeking help at a pub, Ipswich Crown Court was told. He needed 10 stitches in the three-inch wound.

Samantha Harvey, 40, of St Margaret's Road, Lowestoft, had denied unlawful wounding on Christmas Eve.

Mr Burnham told the jury he believed his injury was caused accidentally when he tried to stop Ms Harvey cutting her arm with a kitchen knife after they argued.

Ms Harvey said he shouted at her and pulled her arms when he saw her self-harming. She said he pulled her hair as she tried to leave the flat and the wound occurred when she grabbed his arm.