Woman stabbed husband after ‘enduring years of domestic violence’

Jodie Owen, 34, had suffered assaults at the hands of two partners before she stabbed her husband at their Middlesbrough home, a court heard

A woman stabbed her husband after enduring years of domestic violence at the hands of two successive partners, a court heard.

Jodie Owen, 34, was not sent to prison for the knife assault on her husband after Teesside’s top judge was told of her tragic history.

Her barrister said she was the true victim in the case who had suffered post traumatic stress and the death of a child, as well as violence from two men for over a decade.

She had also formerly endured post-traumatic stress and the death of her son following an asthma attack in 2012, the lawyer added.

Owen was not locked up for the knife assault on her husband after Teesside’s top judge was told of her tragic history, Gazette Live reports.

Richard Bennett, defending, said she was a victim in the case, and that she had “lost her temper” after her husband laughed at her, made suggestive remarks and belittled her on the night of the stabbing.

He said: “The complainant – and I hesitate to use the word ‘victim’ – subjected the defendant to five years of domestic violence. She came from a previous marriage of nine years which was a violent marriage.”

He also said: “The tragedy of this case is that this lady is a victim. The real serious behaviour has been at the hands of the other party.”

Owen was handed a 10-month jail term suspended for two years with 30 days’ rehabilitation activity at Teesside Crown Court.

The judge described the case as “very unusual”.

Police were called to the couple’s home in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, following a report that the husband had been stabbed.

He was found unconscious and bleeding on the ground, with six puncture wounds to his left upper arm, on December26 last year.

The knife was found in the kitchen after Owen said: “I don’t know where it is. I’ve shot it. There was little more information as the defendant had been drinking and had a “limited” memory.

Meanwhile, her husband did not make a statement of complaint.

He also declined to allow his medical records to be obtained or have his injuries photographed.

Owen told police she was trying to protect herself as she was frightened of her husband, magistrates heard previously.

She admitted unlawful wounding, her first conviction.

Mr Bennett said her husband was controlling and violent, belittling and assaulting her and making sexualised comments about others.

He said the spouse was given a suspended jail term for assault after he punched her with an uppercut which knocked two of her teeth out.

He told how the man beat her up in a lift in Magaluf, and she persuaded the Spanish authorities not to imprison him.

He said she did not react to any of the violence until the night of the knife assault when he made suggestive comments, laughed at her and belittled her.

“She knew exactly what was going to come,” Mr Bennett added.

“She accepts she lost her temper. She picked up a knife.

“The relationship is over. It ended that night.”

He said Owen’s son died in her arms following an asthma attack six years ago, and her mental health was also profoundly affected by an earlier traumatic event in her life.

She had depression, overdoses and post-traumatic stress symptoms, but was now working with domestic abuse service My Sister’s Place.

Her husband made an impact statement saying he was scared to leave the house, found it difficult to sleep and felt self-conscious.

Mr Bennett said this was “nothing compared to the proper victim’s statement” from the defendant.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, said: “This is a very unusual case.”

He accepted the history of domestic abuse, saying it was supported by “clear documentary evidence and expert evidence” in pre-sentence and psychiatric reports and the husband’s previous conviction.

He told Owen: “There’s been much unhappiness in your life, none of which has been of your making.

“In my judgment it would not serve society for you to be locked up.”

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Source : https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/woman-stabbed-husband-after-enduring-14501755
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