Tilney St Lawrence woman who stabbed ex-partner in face and stomach avoids jail

A WOMAN who stabbed her ex-partner in the face and stomach in a domestic violence incident has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Nadine Foster, 24, of Magdalen Road, Tilney St Lawrence, near King’s Lynn, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, after pleading guilty to wounding at an earlier hearing.

Prosecuting, Hugh Vass said the incident happened when Foster’s ex-partner visited her at her home address on November 21 last year.

He said: “Both had consumed alcohol. Everything was fine until about 7pm when an argument started. Her ex-partner took her phone from her, locked the front door and took her key.

“She attacked him and stabbed him in the face. He tried to grab the knife from her and cut his finger in the process.”

Mr Vass said the ex-partner then started to dismantle a computer to take from the address, before Foster stabbed him in the stomach.

Foster said in interview that she had previously been the victim of domestic violence, and had initially picked up a kitchen knife to defend herself.

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She did not deliberately target any part of the victim’s body with the knife, but does not assert that she acted in self-defence, he said.

The court heard that Foster had been in custody for 153 days.

Chris Morgan, for Foster, said: “She has taken alcohol for a long time. At the time of this incident she was on medication for that alcohol consumption, and alcohol is a feature in the event.

“The defendant has a son and she has learned her lesson as a young woman who has been separated from her son for a long time. The defendant’s grandparents are in court and they will provide accommodation for her in the future.”

Foster was sentenced to 48 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months. She must also be under the supervision of the probation service and carry out an alcohol specified activity requirement.

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