A WOMAN who stabbed her long-term partner in the chest with a kitchen knife has been jailed for more than two years – but the victim insisted she did not mean to do it.
Alcoholic Lyndsey Green, 32, thrust the six-inch blade into Martin Strickland’s chest during one of the couple’s many drunken rows, Teesside Crown Court heard.
Another argument started after Mr Strickland was late coming back from the shops to get more booze on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 14.
The court heard Green picked up the knife off a table and stabbed Mr Strickland after he goaded her saying “go on then, stab me”.
Blood poured from a two-inch wound to his chest and he was rushed to hospital with a collapsed lung.
Peter Makepeace, prosecuting, said: “He was sat on the sofa and she lunged at him and stabbed him in the chest.
“Blood started going everywhere.”
Green was originally charged with attempted murder but later pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.
The court heard she rang an ambulance and put a towel on Mr Strickland’s chest.
Mr Makepeace described their relationship as “extremely explosive” when they drank and neighbours described almost daily rows.
Police had visited their address in Oxford Road, Hartlepool, over 50 times in the last couple of years.
Mr Strickland attended court and handed a letter to the judge pleadeing for him to show mercy.
He said outside of court: “She didn’t mean to do it.”
Jim Withyman, mitigating, said: “She appreciates what she did could have had serious consequences.
“Mr Strickland confirms he was effectively inviting Miss Green to do that.
“It is hoped the time she will spend in custody will allow her to sober up and think about how she intends to conduct the rest of her life.
“She does show genuine remorse for what she’s done.”
Green, of Northumberland Walk, Hartlepool, was jailed for 32 months.
The Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, said: “What you did having being goaded was to pick up a substantial knife and stab him and that caused on any view serious injury.”