Glasgow & West Scotland

Steven McInnes jailed for stabbing partner who forgave him for attack

A man whose long-term partner forgave him after he stabbed her five times during an argument has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Steven McInnes, 45, admitted assaulting Karen McKenzie to the danger of her life at the family home in Springburn, Glasgow, on 5 October last year.

One wound caused a collapsed lung which was potentially life-threatening.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Ms McKenzie had written affectionately to McInness almost every day in custody.

The court heard the couple, who have two sons, were arguing and at one point McInnes left the room.

Superficial wounds

His partner thought he had gone to the bathroom, but he returned with a kitchen knife and struck her several times in the stomach and back.

During the attack, which was witnessed by the couple's 17-year-old son, the blade of the knife broke off and was embedded in Ms McKenzie's skin.

It had to be removed using local anaesthetic and forceps. The opinion of medical staff who treated her was that this wound, which caused her left lung to collapse, was life-threatening.

The four other wounds were superficial.

McInnes was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown accepted his plea to the reduced charge.

Jailing him, judge Lady Stacey told McInnes: "What you did that night is completely unexplained, but it was a very violent attack and lasted some time."

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