Woman stabbed boarder in rent dispute

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 15:54 21/11/2012

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A Christchurch woman has admitted stabbing her boarder in the arm after a dispute at her Northcote home.

Fifty-four-year-old Judith Ann Pattison, a gardener, admitted the charge of intentionally injuring the man after an indication from Christchurch District Court Judge Alistair Garland that she could receive a home detention sentence.

Defence counsel Tom Stevens said the incident arose because the man had stayed on at her home long after she had wanted him to leave and had not paid rent for weeks.

He had been making a nuisance of himself around the neighbourhood.

He said Pattison grabbed a steak knife during the dispute about the rent and when the man tried to take it from her - cutting her fingers - she had lunged with the knife causing a small cut to the man's arm.

He described Pattison as naive and having limitations.

She now realised that she should have gone to the police and got a trespass order against the man but she had not thought of it at the time.

Judge Garland said he would consider home detention if the address was suitable, and remanded Pattison on bail to December 18 for a sentencing date to be set next year.

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