Norwich woman found guilty of stabbing man in chest

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Friday, January 24, 2014
4:48 PM

A woman accused of stabbing a man through the chest in a flat in Norwich has been found guilty.

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Jacquie Duffy had denied wounding with intent and claims she acted in self-defence following unwanted sexual advances during the incident in Norwich on July 31 last year.

But the 53-year-old, of Desmond Drive, Old Catton, was found guilty following a trial at Norwich Crown Court of stabbing the man with a 16cm kitchen knife, puncturing the chest wall just inches from his heart, with the blade going through his lung and out the other side.

The jury took just over seven hours to reach a majority verdict.

Judge Peter Jacobs adjourned sentence until March 18 to allow reports to be carried out.

Duffy was granted conditional bail until her sentence but was warned that was no indication of sentence.

The court had heard how Duffy and the man, a window cleaner, had met the week before and were drinking at her home when they had an argument.

He lay down on her bed naked and was joined by Duffy, and it is claimed he began to touch her sexually.

She then moved into the kitchen, where she claims the touching continued and she took the knife to stab him in self-defence.

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