Woman stabbed boyfriend after he told her she was packing 'too many clothes for holiday'
A WOMAN stabbed her boyfriend after he told her she had packed too many clothes for their holiday.
Lesley Bradbury, 50, descended into a "pathological" rage when she found out Gary Moore had taken some of the items she had packed out of the car for their New Year's Eve getaway.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard Bradbury suffered from a mental health condition which causes her to hoard goods and protect them.
Police had rushed to the Middleton home in Greater Manchester to find the Mr Moore bleeding from his bicep while Bradbury was heard shouting "he deserved it".
Mr Moore refused to give a statement to police and it is thought the couple are still together. No details of his treatment were given to the court and few details of the stabbing were given at the hearing.
Prosecutor Jonathan Turner said: "Police attended the home Bradbury shared with her partner and he was outside he had a two inch stab wound to his left bicep.
"The defendant had stabbed him with a knife after he moved some of her belongings out of the car they were packing for a holiday. She said to police he deserved it and she wanted to kill herself.
"Inside the house he had thrown some of her possessions and she had stabbed him in order to stop him. There is no complaint from the complainant – he is hopeful for a renewal in the relationship."
The defendant had stabbed him with a knife after he moved some of her belongings out of the car they were packing for a holiday
She was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but prosecutors accepted her guilty plea to unlawful wounding.
In mitigation defence lawyer Richard English said: "Mental Health Issues underpinned the defendant’s offending it is a case where if the defendant was well this wouldn’t have happened."
Bradbury, who is currently living in Stoke-on-Trent, was given 12 months jail suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to complete 30 days of rehabilitation activity requirement.
Sentencing Judge Paul Lawton who had said at a previous hearing that Bradbury would not be going to prison told her: “It has been difficult to get to the bottom of why you did this.
"You do have a psychological disorder that causes you to hoard goods and you need to protect those in a pathological way so you lashed out at him with a knife.
"But that doesn’t reduce your culpability – the knife could have gone into the chest and it could have been a different scenario. Your conduct has to be marked with a prison sentence but it won’t be an immediate custodial sentence.''
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