South Shields gran spared jail for stabbing husband

STAB SCENE ... the home in Simonside Hall, South Shields.

STAB SCENE ... the home in Simonside Hall, South Shields.

A GRANDMOTHER who plunged a kitchen knife into her husband and then told police “I only stabbed him once”, has walked free from court.

Don Rawlings was left in intensive care after his 60-year-old wife, Patricia, sliced into his kidney with the eight-inch blade.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the couple, who had been married for 42 years, had been increasingly arguing over the grandmother’s drinking.

On September 3 last year, Rawlings, who appeared in court with a shopping bag and walking stick, rang the couple’s 40-year-old son and confessed “I’ve just stabbed your dad”.

Neil Pallister, prosecuting, told the court: “The son went straight around to the address and found his father slumped in the chair, struggling for breath.

“He clearly had a wound to the right side of his body and blood was on his shirt.”

When emergency services arrived at the couple’s home at Simonside Hall, South Shields, Rawlings said: “It was a daft argument and I only stabbed him once.”

Mr Rawlings, who has a number of health problems and did not want his wife taken to court, made a good recovery despite his kidney being pierced and potential damage being caused to his urinary tract.

Mr Pallister added: “He provided a statement saying he missed his wife and still wanted to have contact with her.”

Rawlings, who has never been in trouble before, admitted unlawful wounding at an earlier hearing.

Mr Recorder Camp told her: “This was potentially a very serious offence, thrusting an eight-inch knife into someone’s kidney.

“You could have killed your husband.

“I think if that had happened you would have been heartbroken.”

The judge sentenced Rawlings to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision.

Jane Foley, defending, said: “This lady could do with some help and assistance.”

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