Woman who knifed boyfriend in crack cocaine row released in time for Xmas

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A woman who stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife while "high as a kite" on crack has been released just in time for Christmas.

Gemma Higginson, 34, "behaved wildly" with another man in the lead up to the attack and took crack cocaine and heroin, Bolton Crown Court heard.

In March, she was remanded in custody after her partner claimed she had poured boiling water over him.

However, he retracted the allegation and Higginson was later released.

In May, she moved into a property in Horwich, Greater Manchester, with her partner and another man, the Manchester Evening News reports.

On the morning of May 27, Higginson's partner woke to find the pair in the living room of the property.

The court heard Higginson, said to be "high as a kite", and the man had been up all night drinking and taking drugs.

When her partner accused her of exploiting the man by getting him to buy her drugs, an argument ensued.

As Higginson entered the kitchen and picked up a 20-inch serrated knife, her partner followed her.

Higginson then raised the knife to her partner's chest and left him with two puncture wounds, the court heard.

Asked why she had stabbed her partner, Higginson said he had "pushed her into it" and she wanted him to stop bullying her.

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Prosecutor Hunter Gray told Bolton Crown Court that, prior to the incident, Higginson and her now ex-partner had been in a relationship for several years and had a child together.

He added: "The relationship has been marked by the use of drugs and frequent calls to the police in relation to domestic abuse on both sides."

The victim was left with two "superficial" wounds to the chest and now suffers from anxiety and depression.

David Polglase, defending, described Higginson and her partner's relationship as "toxic" – and said she was keen to apologise to the court.

Higginson, from Horwich, previously pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Judge Timothy Stead imposed a 12-month prison sentence.

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However, as Higginson has already served more than half of that, she will now be released from Styal Prison in time for Christmas.

The judge told her: "It is in everybody's interest that you are released from custody.

"This was a very dangerous thing to do. Luckily for you, and [the victim], the injuries were not especially serious.

"You used a knife and were intoxicated then made a stabbing motion to the chest. The danger in doing that is very obvious."

A restraining order was also imposed, preventing Higginson from making direct contact with the victim for five years.

Higginson wept as she thanked the judge and wished him a "Merry Christmas".

  • Crime
  • Drugs

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