Woman jailed for stabbing ex-partner

A Rosemount woman who stabbed her ex-boyfriend in the neck has received a sentence of 15 months.

Jemma McLaughlin, of Florence Street, pleaded guilty to wounding the man and assaulting him on October 15, last year.

Derry Crown Court heard the 26-year-old had split up with her ex-boyfriend in 2010 and they had one child together. The break up between the couple was “acrimonious” as there were issues over contact with the child.

On the night of the incident, the injured party sent McLaughlin a text message which she got upset about. She called at his home in the early hours of the morning and when she discovered him there with a friend they had an argument.

The court heard McLaughlin slapped the man twice in the face and then “struck” at him with a pen knife.

It was revealed the man sustained a wound to his neck which required ten stitches but was “not a life threatening injury”.

The court heard that the injured party sent a letter to the court saying he did not want a custodial sentence to be imposed. Passing sentence, Judge Piers Grant said it was a “vicious attack and quite clearly pre-meditated as young women in general don’t carry pen knives”.

He said the letter from the injured party was “very generous” and McLaughlin “should be grateful for it”.

However, the judge said a “custodial sentence must be imposed” and he was satisfied the 26-year-old’s child would be well cared for. Judge Grant told McLaughlin she was “very lucky a much more significant injured was not inflicted in this case”.

The 26-year-old received a determinate sentence of 15 months, half of which will be spent in custody and the remainder on licence.