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Abusive Juliette Waghorn jailed for knife attack on husband at Leeds home

Thursday 22nd August 2019

AN “ABUSIVE and controlling” woman who stabbed partner with a kitchen knife in an unprovoked assault in a quiet village near Maidstone has been jailed.

Juliette Waghorn plunged a nine inch blade into a hand of her victim as he sought to defend himself during a disturbance at their home in Wykeham Grove, Leeds, late on 28 March 2019.

Waghorn (53) grabbed the weapon from a carving block and after threatening to kill the victim lunged towards him. He moved his hands to block the knife and suffered wounds to his right palm.

She was arrested at the scene and during an investigation by Kent Police the victim lived at a separate address.

On 10 May, officers visited the victim to carry out a routine welfare check and found Waghorn inside the property and in breach of her bail conditions.

She again picked up a knife and after brandishing the weapon at police was rearrested. 

At Maidstone Crown Court, Waghorn pleaded guilty to charges of unlawful wounding and assaulting an emergency worker. On Tuesday 20 August she was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment. An application for a restraining order was also made.

PC Katie-Louise Hazard of the Maidstone Vulnerable Investigation Team said: “Waghorn has a lengthy history of controlling and abusive behaviour, subjecting her victim to repeated physical and verbal abuse.

“The assault with a knife could easily have had fatal consequences had he not used his hand to deflect the blow.

“I sincerely hope her victim, who has been physically and emotionally affected by this, can now take comfort from this sentence and is able to move on with his life.

“Domestic violence is a priority for Kent Police and I would encourage anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation or relationship to report it to someone and get help.

“There is a range of support and information available, just phone us or ask a trusted friend or relative to do it. Nobody should feel they don’t have the option to walk away from domestic abuse.”

 

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