Wife stabbed husband of 40 years with potato peeler in row over new blinds

A wife stabbed her husband of 40 years with a potato peeler during a furious row over a new set of blinds.

Carol Robinson, 57, stabbed her husband just below the left shoulder blade after “swishing the knife about like Zorro”, Hull Crown Court heard.

The couple had been rowing over fittings for their newly-bought seaside property after Carol had downed two whisky lemonades and a can of Peroni.

The court was told the couple had moved to their new home in Bridlington after her husband’s retirement.

But the court heard their sleepy seaside dream quickly turned into a nightmare just weeks after moving in.

Prosecutor John Batchelor said: “Officers attended the address at around 3.30am on July 19 last year.

"Police received a call from the defendant who said she had stabbed her husband.

"When officers arrived at the property, they saw the defendant’s husband with a towel wrapped around his neck, unsteady on his feet and leaning against the door."


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He was then blue-lighted to hospital after being stabbed with the kitchen knife, also described as a large potato peeler, just below the left shoulder blade.

The court heard when officers asked what the couple had argued about, the husband replied: “The usual things", reports Hull Live.

Mr Batchelor added: "They had argued, following the move to Bridlington from Hull, about the waterfront, furniture and new blinds.

"The defendant says she can remember going back to chop chips, but went near him with the knife and stabbed him, puncturing his lung."

Her husband, who spent three days in hospital after the attack, had immediately told officers that he "didn’t want anything to happen to his wife".

He then told officers during interview that he just “wanted his wife back home” and refused to write a victim impact statement.

The husband even had a series of complications during the repair process with oxygen in the tissue, but after later being discharged from Castle Hill Hospital, still "wanted his wife back home".

A probation report stated that the verbal abuse “came from both sides of the domestic unit”, but the author questioned if the pair should reconcile their four decade-long marriage on safety grounds.


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The court heard Robinson had not been living with her husband since the knife attack.

Robinson, of Queensgate,  Bridlington , had been kept in prison for a week following the offence.

She pleaded guilty to a charge of causing grevious bodily harm before the case was due to go to trial on November 15 last year.

Charlotte Baines, defending, said: “It has been a startling wake up call to the defendant.

“She tells me she hasn’t had a drink since this incident. I do not want to belittle the injuries sustained by [her husband], who did make, eventually make, a full recovery.

“She and her husband immediately wanted to reconcile."

Judge Mark Bury gave Robinson an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

He told her: “You have been together for 40 years. It has to be said that the relationship, for the most part, was a happy one.

“There has been domestic violence, or of that nature over the years – going both ways may I add.

“At the time you were dealing with the bereavement of your father, and your dog had also died. As a pet lover I can imagine that this would have hit you very hard.

"Over the year you have coped by abusing alcohol, and to use the colloquialism, you had 'fallen off the wagon' and was drinking quite heavily.

"However, you could have easily been facing a homicide charge. Your husband says that you did not mean it and he wants to continue the relationship – that is why I can narrowly suspend the prison sentence today."

Robinson must comply with a rehabilitation requirement for 40 days, including a 'better relationships' course.

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