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.” .

Samantha Smith has been jailed(Image: West Mercia Police)

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.”


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