Woman who stabbed her boyfriend found guilty of manslaughter

Woman who stabbed her professional boxer boyfriend to death during row at their home is cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter after claiming she was acting in self defence

  • Kayley Mahood, 30, stabbed her partner Oliver O’Toole, 31, on July 25 last year
  • Mahood insisted it followed a row at their home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Jurors today convicted her of manslaughter but found her not guilty of murder
  • Mahood gasped for air as she was remanded and will be sentenced on Thursday

A woman who killed a former professional boxer has today been convicted of manslaughter after being found not guilty of murder. 

Kayley Mahood, 30, fatally stabbed her partner Oliver O’Toole at their home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on July 25 last year.

Mahood told a trial at Stafford Crown Court she acted in self defence by inflicting the single 1.5in stab wound to 31-year-old Mr O’Toole, puncturing his heart and causing him to bleed to death as paramedics battled to save him.  

But today, jurors rejected her explanation and convicted her of manslaughter after clearing her of murder.  

Mahood started ‘gasping for air’ as the jury foreman delivered the verdict, Staffordshire Live reports.   

Prosecutors had alleged Mahood was a ‘woman capable of great violence and rage’ and ‘always had to have the last word’ in arguments, despite her claim she had been punched in the face during a row.  

Mahood was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Thursday.

Kayley Mahood, 30, has been cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter after she stabbed boxer Oliver O’Toole at their home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on July 25 last year

31-year-old former professional boxer Oliver O’Toole died on July 25 last year after Mahood stabbed him at their home

Opening the Crown’s case last week, prosecutor Caroline Goodwin QC said Mr O’Toole collapsed in his back yard after being seen slumped on a wall.

Miss Goodwin told the court Mr O’Toole, who had previously tried his hand at professional boxing, was pronounced dead at 12.32pm after paramedics called by a neighbour arrived shortly before midday.

The court heard the couple’s relationship was ‘tempestuous’ relationship – with claims of violence on both sides.

Angry text messages were also read out in court. In one of these, Mahood called Mr O’Toole an ‘alchy woman beater’ and a ‘loser’ while he referred to her as a ‘sket’ and a ‘full-ball slag’.

Witnesses said Mahood walked away from the scene as her partner lay bleeding and added she was ‘reluctant’ to talk to paramedics, when her neighbour tried to put her on the phone during a 999 call.  

The jury learned Mahood had changed her story several times, firstly by saying she threw the knife in his general direction and later that he had walked into the blade.   

Mahood told a trial at Stafford Crown Court she acted in self defence by inflicting the single 1.5in stab wound to Mr O’Toole but a jury convicted her of manslaughter

In her closing speech to the jury, defence QC Rachel Brand said the moderate force used to inflict the fatal injury suggested Mahood had acted out of fear.

Ms Brand said of the 4cm-deep wound suffered by Mr O’Toole: ‘Is this relatively shallow wound more consistent with a person who lashed out swiftly in fear to get someone away from them?

‘We say the evidence here points to self-defence and that the prosecution have not proved otherwise.

‘What happened was a tragedy ladies and gentlemen.

‘But it wasn’t the crime of murder or the crime of manslaughter because in that crucial moment what the evidence shows you is that she only did what she honestly thought was necessary to defend herself.’ 

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