Kent

Margate woman Janice Carter jailed for husband's murder

Janice Carter
Image caption Janice Carter was told she would serve a minimum of 12 years in prison

A 29-year-old Kent woman has been jailed for a minimum of 12 years for the murder of her former husband, who was stabbed 19 times.

Kevin Carter, 30, was found dead in the flat he shared with Janice Carter in Sweyn Road, Margate on 14 October 2011.

Canterbury Crown Court heard they had a long history of domestic violence and had recently got back together.

Jailing Carter, Judge Adele Williams said it was "self-defence which turned into an attack".

Kent Police said the couple had divorced three years before the murder, and on the day of his death Mr Carter had just been released from prison for driving offences.

At the flat in Sweyn Road, they got into an argument about where the tracker unit for his electronic tag should be located. The row turned violent and Mr Carter was stabbed in the neck, chest and abdomen.

Carter admitted stabbing him but claimed that she had only done so in self-defence.

Det Insp Trevor Fleming, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, described it as a tragic case where a volatile situation had turned violent.

"Whatever happened that night between Janice and Kevin Carter could never justify stabbing someone 19 times with a kitchen knife," he added.

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