Looe stab victim's relationship was a murder waiting to happen
A LOOE woman whose relationship has been described by police as a “homicide waiting to happen” has been jailed for stabbing her partner in the leg.
Yvonne Redhead, 41, went on trial on Monday at Truro Crown Court accused of unlawfully and maliciously wounding her then partner Alec Sharp on June 21.
On Wednesday the jury found her guilty and then heard details of her turbulent relationship with Mr Sharp.
It was revealed that she had previous convictions for violence against him – including in June 2011 when she was sentenced to 10 months in jail for stabbing him in the arm.
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Mr Sharp has also been convicted of violence against Redhead, of Downs View, West Looe.
Iain White, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police were called to a domestic incident at Redhead’s home where they found Mr Sharp bleeding heavily from a stab wound to his left thigh, which was later found to be 4cm long. There was blood in the hallway, the bathroom and the bedroom of the property.
Mr White said: “He was wearing jeans but it was evident that his left leg was bleeding heavily from his thigh. Blood was forming a pool on the ground.”
Mr Sharp told a police officer that Redhead had stuck him in the leg and was heard by four witnesses to be shouting at the defendant, calling her crazy.
A short-handled kitchen knife, which had blood on it, was found at the house by police and shown to the jury.
On the way to hospital Mr Sharp told paramedics he was going to tell the police that he had fallen on the knife.
That is what he did and when interviewed by police a month later, Redhead, who denied the charge, gave a similar account, saying that she heard a noise in the kitchen and when she went to investigate she found bottles and the knife on the floor which she picked up.
Mr White said: “It has been a very serious case as far as the police are concerned.
“Sgt [Mick] Howe said their relationship is a homicide waiting to happen.”
He added that since the stabbing there have been no further incidents and that as far as the authorities were aware, the non-contact bail condition had been obeyed.
Paul Rowsell, defending, said the relationship was now over.
He said: “One of the problems in the past has been two people who cause each other harm and it is the relationship that is the battleground.”
Jailing Redhead for 16 months, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said he hoped the relationship was over because if it was not there was a risk that one or other of them would suffer “some terrible injury”.