Morrinsville woman sentenced over stabbing

BELINDA FEEK
Last updated 15:31 14/02/2014

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A former Morrinsville woman who stabbed her former partner during a drunken night says she is remorseful for what happened and didn't mean to harm him.

Tania Lee Whare Wilson, now of Te Aroha, was sentenced to 11 months' home detention when she appeared in the Hamilton District Court today.

She had been found guilty by a jury at trial on one charge of wounding with intent to injure by stabbing about 11.40pm on April 30, 2012.

The court was told Wilson had been drinking with the victim and an associate that night at a Turnbull Cres house when she and the victim began arguing in the kitchen.

Wilson then punched the man in the face before he pushed her away. She then grabbed a kitchen knife with a 30-centimetre blade and cut the victim several times on his left forearm.

The victim tried to leave and was given aid by their associate, but Wilson continued to circle and taunt him with the knife in the lounge.

St John Ambulance staff happened to be at a house next door, so the victim knocked on the door and asked for treatment as he had been cut.

St John staff realised he had been stabbed and called the police.

The victim had "nasty" cuts to his left forearm, upper arm, fingers and thumb and was taken to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

Wilson was found inside the house in an "emotional state".

Wilson's lawyer, Mark Sturm, said the incident was one in which the circumstances would probably never be known as there had been different accounts from each of the three people involved.

Despite her pleading not guilty to the charge and fighting criminal responsibility, Wilson had had no intention of hurting her partner and simply took things too far, he said.

The pair had a "fractured" relationship and the stabbing was "opportunistic", Sturm said.

"It occurred in the course of a drunken argument where she grabbed a knife off a bench with her weak hand, causing a nasty injury."

The incident was a one-off, and apart from an earlier drink-driving conviction, his client had not been before the court before. She had worked her whole life and had five children ranging from 10 years old to adult.

She had also been on bail and had successfully abstained from alcohol since being charged nearly two years ago.

Along with the home detention, Judge Peter Spiller ordered that Wilson remain alcohol-free during her sentence and that she not contact the victim.

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