Jealous woman stabbed ex-partner as he took too long doing Christmas shopping

PUBLISHED: 17:03 13 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:36 13 July 2018

Sonia Simpson was jailed for stabbing her ex-husband. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Sonia Simpson was jailed for stabbing her ex-husband. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

A jealous and controlling woman, who stabbed her ex-partner five times because he took too long doing his Christmas shopping, has been given an extended 18 year sentence.

Sonia Simpson, 52, who had been drinking, became angry after she lent her ex-partner £200 but felt he had spent too much time at the shops, Norwich Crown Court heard.

When he returned home, she accused him of cheating and stabbed him five times with a kitchen knife causing a life-threatening collapsed lung.

He managed to get help but had to spend five days in hospital.

The court heard Simpson then sent him letters while on remand trying to get him to drop charges against her.

Simpson, of King Street, Great Yarmouth, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent on December 23, last year, and perverting the course of justice, following a trial. She had also admitted battery and appeared via video link from Peterborough prison.

Jailing her for 14 years and ordering that she spend a further four years on extended licence, Judge Andrew Shaw said it was a drunken attack in which she inflicted a life-threatening injury.

“You are a jealous, controlling, possessive and violent woman and a danger to any man with whom you are in any relationship.”

He said that she had used such force the blade had separated from the handle and said it was a sustained assault: “The injuries were serious.”

He said the collapsed lung could have been life- threatening without prompt treatment.

Chris Paxton, prosecuting, told the court how Simpson and her ex-partner had separated but were planning to spend Christmas together and she lent him money to go festive shopping while she stayed at his home in Beaconsfield Road, drinking with a friend.

However the jury heard how Simpson became increasingly angry at the time it was taking for him to do his Christmas shopping and she kept saying she would kill him when he got back.

When he did return she launched the knife attack and later told officers: “He deserved it.”

Mark Roochove, for Simpson, said she now accepted the relationship was over with her ex-partner and said: “She of course has difficulties coming to terms that the man she loves no longer wishes to see her.”

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