40-year-old South Shields woman jailed for stabbing toyboy lover

BEHIND BARS ... Janine Telfer.
BEHIND BARS ... Janine Telfer.

A 40-YEAR-old woman from South Tyneside who stabbed her teenage toyboy lover during a row has been put behind bars.

Janine Mather, aka Telfer, brandished a knife at her 17-year-old boyfriend during a row, and caused an injury to his chest.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the teenage victim was taken to hospital, but did not require any treatment.

At the time of the attack, Mather, of Monkton Avenue, Simonside, South Shields, was subject to a community order for racist behaviour towards her Nigerian student neighbours, which involved her spitting at one of them.

She has since split from the teenager – who she was seeing for around four months, and who had not wanted her to be prosecuted.

He cannot be named for legal reasons.

Mr Recorder David Gordon yesterday sentenced Mather to eight months in prison.

Mather, who appeared in court by videolink from prison, held her head in her hands as the judge said she must be jailed.

The judge told her: “You were in a relationship with a young man, a 17-year-old, and this, it seems to me, was a relationship which had been, from time to time, stormy.

“To what extent you were a good match or otherwise perhaps is a moot point.

“You have recognised there was a big age gap. You were 40 and he 17 with not compatible personalities.”

He said: “It does not seem any hospital treatment was needed.

“One is bound, however, to be concerned as to what might have been.

“Always there is the potential for very serious physical injury being caused whenever a knife is brandished.”

Mather had admitted assault causing bodily harm in relation to the knife wound, which prosecutors accept was caused recklessly during a row in the kitchen.

She was given four months’ imprisonment for the violence plus an extra four months for the behaviour towards her neighbours, which the judge re-sentenced her for.

The judge said Mather was an “obnoxious, difficult, if not impossible, neighbour”.

The court heard the stab victim was “anxious that he took some of the blame” for what happened to him.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite said the couple had rowed at home over money when the victim bought himself a mobile phone.

Miss Smurthwaite said: “The complainant went to the kitchen to make a sandwich, where the argument took place and the defendant told him to leave. He asked why.

“The complainant suffered a puncture wound to his chest. He said he found it difficult to breathe.

“He did not require treatment for the injury.

“He went to accident and emergency, and it was found to be a superficial wound.

“The complainant said he felt he had pushed her too far and feels partly to blame.”

Mather told detectives what happened was an accident which she was sorry for.

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