A woman was jailed for attempted murder after attacking a man with a knife. Samantha Smith, 56, left her victim with ‘significant’ injuries, a court heard.
She attacked the 59-year-old man at an address in Rothesay Mead, Hereford, on Sunday July 3 last year. Fortunately, the man survived his injuries.
Smith, of Waterfield Road, Hereford, pleaded guilty to attempted murder at Worcester Crown Court on Thursday 1 December. She was sentenced to 12 years behind bars on Friday, January 24.
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Following his conviction, West Mercia Police have released a statement as a “reminder” that many men are victims of domestic abuse. Police detective Emma O’Hare said: “This brutal attack could very easily have meant that it was a sentence for a murder trial.
“Fortunately, the victim was strong enough to work with us in preparing the case and I am pleased to report that she continues to make a good physical recovery. This case is a reminder that domestic abuse is not something exclusive to female victims.” .
She continued: “Many men are in abusive, coercive, controlling and violent relationships and quite often keep the abuse to themselves. I want to assure any victim of domestic abuse that we are here for you.”
“Regardless of your gender, we will listen to you, investigate every report and stand with you. I want to thank the survivors of this ordeal for their trust in the police, their courage and their outspokenness.”
“My only hope is that now they can close a chapter on this book and start rebuilding their lives.”
A spokesperson for the force added: “West Mercia Police will act on all reports made and offer our full support to anyone who feels they are a victim of domestic abuse.
“For details on what constitutes domestic abuse and to report any concerns to us, including contact details for our partners, please visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic- abuse /support-organizations/. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”