Knife attacker who scarred woman for life sentenced to four years in jail

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A Grantham woman who carried out a knife attack, leaving her victim scarred for life, has been jailed for four years at Lincoln Crown Court.

Pamela Stephenson turned up on the doorstep of her victim’s home in Grantham making accusations against her on September 11.

Jonathan Straw, prosecuting, said that Stephenson barged her way inside and demanded to see the woman’s mobile phone.

Then, as the victim tried to get away, she was grabbed by Stephenson and pulled into the kitchen.

Mr Straw said: “Stephenson got a knife and said she was going to stab her. She started kicking and punching and then slashed the victim to the face, back, stomach and hands.

“Neighbours heard screams and alerted the emergency services. The defendant stopped and warned the victim not to tell the police.

“There was blood everywhere. There was a 10cm laceration to her face. She undoubtedly will have considerable life-time scarring.”

The court was told Stephenson mistakenly believed the woman had begun a relationship with a widower. Although the pair had contact via Facebook, they had never met each other.

Stephenson, 46, of Chestnut Grove, Grantham, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told Stephenson: “You simply completely and utterly lost your self control.”

Mark Watson, defending, said Stephenson had mental health issues which were linked to the commission of the offence.

He told the court: “She didn’t attend the address with a view to harming the complainant.

“She was already suffering significant stress and this really sent her over the edge.”