'Jealous' wife jailed for stabbing pregnant woman in Liverpool

Andrea and Christopher Dean
Image caption Andrea Dean and Christopher Dean were both jailed at Liverpool Crown Court

A "jealous" wife who stabbed her husband's pregnant ex-lover in the stomach has been jailed for 10 years.

Andrea Dean, 40, of Stoneycroft, Liverpool, attacked Stacey Jenkins, 28, outside Lister Junior School in Stoneycroft on 8 November last year.

Ms Jenkins was stabbed seven times in total. She was later discharged from hospital and her baby was unharmed.

Dean earlier admitted wounding and attempted child destruction and was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court.

Christopher Dean, 40, also of Stoneycroft, admitted assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 30 months.

The court heard he had driven his wife to the confrontation, although he did not know she was armed with the knife. Afterwards, he hid the weapon and gave her a false alibi.

'Heavily pregnant'

Jailing the couple, Recorder Clement Goldstone, QC, said Dean had made no secret of her animosity towards Ms Jenkins.

He told her: "The pregnancy was a source of great annoyance and jealousy to you.

"Not only because the father was your husband and he had fathered another child outside your marriage, but also because you had been trying, unsuccessfully, to have a fourth child with your husband".

Ms Jenkins became pregnant with Christopher Dean's child in 2012 when they started a relationship after he had separated from his wife of 17 years, the court was told.

The Deans soon reunited and he left Ms Jenkins to return to the marital home.

Andrea Dean found out about the pregnancy when Ms Jenkins posted images of a scan on Facebook.

She became increasingly angry and jealous and, the court heard, she urged her husband to "stab" his former lover and said that if he did not, she would.

'Psychological trauma'

On 8 November the couple set off to confront Ms Jenkins and, unknown to her husband, Dean was armed.

Witnesses said that as Ms Jenkins walked by, Dean bent down as if to tie her shoelaces. She then pulled the knife from her boot and lunged at Ms Jenkins.

The judge said: "Miraculously, none of Stacey Jenkins' injuries were life threatening.

"She recovered at least from her physical injuries though the psychological trauma will no doubt live with her and continue to do so.

"Equally, if not more miraculously, her unborn daughter survived before being delivered at full term three weeks later."

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