A woman stabbed her boyfriend after he tried to stop her from packing too many clothes for a holiday.
Lesley Bradbury, 50-year-old, flew into a ‘pathological rage’ when she found that her boyfriend, Gary Moore, had unloaded some of the items she had packed in a car for a holiday trip.
When the police arrived at the couple’s home, they found Moore bleeding from his bicep while Bradbury was heard shouting, “he deserved it.”
Minshull Street Crown Court heard how the former invoice clerk, Bradbury suffered from a mental disorder that causes her to hoard goods and protect them in a “pathological way.”
Moore refused to give a statement to the police, though it’s believed that the two are still together.
The case had also been delayed due to concerns about Bradbury continuing her relationship with Moore.
Bradbury was initially charged with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but after she pleaded guilty, the prosecutor accepted her guilty plea to unlawful wounding.
At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Bradbury, who’s currently living in Stoke-on-Trent, was given 12 months behind bars and suspended for 18 months.
She was also ordered to complete a 30 days rehabilitation activity requirement.
The incident took place at 10.30pm on December 29 last year as the two were packing for a holiday trip over the New Year.
Prosecutor Jonathan Turner said:
“Police attended the home Bradbury shared with her partner, and he was outside he had a two-inch stab wound to his left bicep.”
“The defendant had stabbed him with a knife after he moved some of her belongings out of the car they were packing for a holiday. She said to police he deserved it and she wanted to kill herself.”
“Inside the house, he had thrown some of her possessions, and she had stabbed him in order to stop him. There is no complaint from the complainant – he is hopeful for a renewal in the relationship.”
In mitigation, defense lawyer Richard English said:
“It is a case where if the defendant was well, this wouldn’t have happened.”
Upon sentencing, Judge Paul Lawton, who had said in a previous court hearing that the offender won’t be going to prison, told Bradbury:
“It has been difficult to get to the bottom of why you did this.”
“You do have a psychological disorder that causes you to hoard goods, and you need to protect those in a pathological way, so you lashed out at him with a knife.”
“But that doesn’t reduce your culpability – the knife could have gone into the chest, and it could have been a different scenario. Your conduct has to be marked with a prison sentence, but it won’t be an immediate custodial sentence.”