Clitheroe air stewardess stabbed husband in back

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A GRANDMOTHER who knifed her husband has been warned she will probably end up in jail.

Burnley Crown Court heard how air stewardess Karen Horrocks (48) stabbed her husband Michael Horrocks in the back. She had lifted the knife above shoulder height and brought it down, but her victim had turned round as he saw the weapon coming towards him and was injured in the back. He had to have stitches after the incident on September 26th last year.

Horrocks denied wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, but admitted the lesser charge of unlawful wounding.

The defendant, then of Hayhurst Street, Clitheroe, and described by her barrister as of “impeccable good character”, was bailed until April 18th for a pre-sentence report to be compiled. Judge Beverly Lunt said the report, compiled by the Probation Service, would look at “dangerousness and the like”.

The defendant was bailed to live at an address in York. She must not contact prosecution witnesses and must not enter Padiham or Burnley, except to see her solicitor or attend court. The judge warned Horrocks: “You must understand the most likely sentence will be one of immediate imprisonment. All options will be considered by me.”

Mr Nick Courtney (prosecuting) told the court that if Mr Horrocks had not turned round, he might have suffered more serious injury.

Ms Katherine Pierpoint, for the defendant, said: “She is extremely anxious about these proceedings.”