Girlfriend admits stabbing partner

AN 18-year-old woman who stabbed her boyfriend with an ornamental knife during a row has been given a suspended prison sentence.Canadian Christine Bojmelgrim met her boyfriend James Roberts on the internet and was staying at his family home in Roman Way, Haverhill at the time of the attack last month, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Jane Hunt

AN 18-year-old woman who stabbed her boyfriend with an ornamental knife during a row has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Canadian Christine Bojmelgrim met her boyfriend James Roberts on the internet and was staying at his family home in Roman Way, Haverhill at the time of the attack last month, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Michael Crimp prosecuting, said the couple had had an argument during which there had been a scuffle.

The argument had appeared to subside but Bojmelgrim had reached on top of a wardrobe and had grabbed hold of a one foot long ornamental knife.

Mr Roberts had tried to disarm his girlfriend but had let go of her because he feared he might harm her.

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He had then picked up a saxophone and had threatened to throw it out of a window.

He had dropped the saxophone onto the floor and this had led to the defendant lunging at him with the knife and stabbing him once in the shoulder.

“She began screaming and immediately called an ambulance. The knife was left in the wound until ambulance staff arrived,” said Mr Crimp.

As a result of the stab wound Mr Roberts suffered a collapsed lung and underwent surgery.

Mr Crimp said that Mr Roberts had told police after the incident that he was in love with his girlfriend and wanted to get on with his life with her.

“Because of his feelings towards the defendant he didn't want her to be charged with any offence,” he said.

In a letter to the court Mr Roberts said that his girlfriend was welcome to return to his parents' home to continue her stay with them until she returned to Canada.

He said he regarded the whole incident as an “unfortunate accident”.

Bojmelgrim admitted unlawful wounding and was given a six-month custodial sentence suspended for 12 months.

She was also ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work in the community.

Judge John Holt said she had spent 32 days in custody on remand and had admitted unlawful wounding on the basis that she had acted recklessly.

Jude Durr for Bojmelgrim said she had co-operated with the ambulance service when they arrived to treat her boyfriend and had called the police herself.

He said that Mr Roberts had described the incident as “totally out of character”.

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