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SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR SHANKLIN WOMAN WHO STABBED HER HUSBAND

The scene at Green Lane in December 2018

49-year-old Joanne Wraxton has been handed a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to unlawfully and maliciously wounding her husband without intent by stabbing him in the arm.

Wraxton of Green Lane, Shanklin appeared before the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Friday where she was sentenced to 8 months in prison, suspended for 12 months. It comes after an incident at the family home on 1st December last year in which Mrs Wraxton stabbed her husband Kenneth in the arm.

The Isle of Wight Crown Court heard how it was Joanne herself who called emergency services on the evening of 1st December and told the operator that she had stabbed her husband. This prompted a Police response to the scene and within 10 minutes of the call officers found Mr Wraxton unconscious on the floor.

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Prosecutor Simon Foster explained to the court that although Mr Wraxton had described the incident as an accident, the defendant had stated that an argument had taking place and as she moved towards Kenneth with the knife, she accidentally stabbed him.

Defending, Russell Pyne said that Wraxton was of previous good character and that the couple were still together in a loving relationship.

Judge Hill accepted that Wraxton had ‘lost control’ in a drunken argument and passed a sentence of 8 months – suspended for 12 months – for wounding/inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent, contrary to Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

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