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Knife-wielding lover pierced boyfriend's lung, spleen and diaphragm in one savage blow

PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 August 2012

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A victim of domestic violence who pierced her boyfriend's lung, spleen and diaphragm with one savage stab of a kitchen knife was allowed to walk free from court.

Fuelled by alcohol and drugs, Lynne Grice, from Kentish Town, plunged the knife into her boyfriend’s back after a blazing row on May 9 last year.

But in what Judge Ian Karsten called “quite exceptional circumstances” for such a serious crime, Grice was allowed walk free from the dock after serving the equivalent of nine months in the cells.

She spent several weeks on remand and obeyed a tight curfew for more than 200 days.

The 42-year-old was handed a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, and was allowed to leave Blackfriars Crown Court with drug and alcohol rehabilitation orders.

Sentencing on Friday (August 17) Judge Karsten said: “You threw two knives at your partner which missed, fortunately. But you then took a kitchen knife up, I think from the evidence, that you had two knives in your hands.

“You then plunged it into his back, causing him very serious injuries. You punctured his lung, spleen and diaphragm with this single blow. It is obviously a very hard blow.”

The court heard how Grice had been living with her then boyfriend in Gillies Street in Kentish Town for five years, but had been the victim of regular domestic violence.

After drinking in the park with friends Grice and her partner returned to the home they shared and began to argue about some work which was being done to the house.

The row escalated, with Grice flinging several kitchen knives at her partner narrowly missing him. Her boyfriend then turned his back and Grice skewered him with a kitchen knife.

The 42-year-old, who has been addicted to class A drugs for 22 years, called an ambulance and tried to tend to her lover.

Grice, who now lives in Colchester with a new boyfriend, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and claimed she did not know she was holding a knife at the time.

A jury acquitted her of one count of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but found her guilty of unlawful wounding on June 29.

Although Judge Karsten said the “long history of domestic violence” did not excuse the stabbing, he had taken it into account along with her remorse when reaching his sentence.

Grice said: “I will try with everything, I am trying to change it.” She then thanked the judge, bowed and left the court.

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