Woman stabbed partner while he slept

Court House-Sept-2013-07A 49-year-old woman has admitted stabbing her partner while he was asleep in their bed in Hornby last year.

On December 10, Nicola Ann Winter opened the victim’s cell phone and started reading his text messages. She thought some of the texts were inappropriate, and that he had sent them to children.

She went to the kitchen and got a large knife, then stabbed the victim while he was sleeping.

He made his way to the toilet, locked himself in, and rang for an ambulance. He received a large deep wound in his abdomen that needed immediate surgery at the Christchurch Public Hospital.

In the Christchurch District Court Winter pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Defence counsel Tony Garrett asked that her sentencing be held after he received a psychological report which would help the court.

Crown prosecutor Claire Boshier said the text messages were not sent to children.

Judge Bernadette Farnan said she was not going to remand Winter in custody until her sentencing because of her vulnerable mental health, but warned her that prison was inevitable.

She remanded her on bail for sentencing on August 15, and read her the first of the three strikes warnings that signal heavier penalties for repeat violent offenders.


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