As previously reported by Island Echo, emergency services rushed to Tyro House on Winton Street on the evening of 20th September 2019. It is at a flat that they found a man in his 50s with stab wounds to his chest and shoulder.
Ms Neilson was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but later charged with wounding with intent and causing previous bodily harm with intent.
Now, having spent 6 months on remand and sitting through a trial, Vicki has been found not guilty of the charges against her.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard how Ms Neilson had escaped from a previous coercive relationship but soon found herself the subject of her friend’s obsession. Ms Neilson had planned to take up work in Egypt as an entertainment director, but her friend didn’t want that to happen.
Vicki’s barrister argued that she acted in self-defence when the alleged victim attacked her.
The jury listened to the evidence before them and returned a not guilty verdict.
The trial, led by His Honour Judge T Mousley QC, was the last to be heard at Portsmouth before the coronavirus lockdown.