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Joycelynn Currie jailed for stabbing Alexander Cameron

A woman who stabbed her partner five times after he slapped her during a row has been jailed for 42 months.

Joycelynn Currie, who is originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland, admitted attempting to murder Alexander Cameron at her home in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire, on 6 April 2013.

The 48-year-old was shown "a degree of leniency" after a court heard the slap triggered memories of abuse by others.

A psychologist said she showed signs of post traumatic stress disorder.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Currie and Mr Campbell had been in an on-off relationship for about three years at the time of the drink-fuelled row.

'Murder threat'

The argument began when he thought she was using her laptop computer to contact someone else and accused her of having an affair.

He slapped her face then told her he had "had enough" and went to bed, ignoring her threat that she was going to kill him.

He was dozing when he became aware of Currie standing over him and thought he was being punched.

Following the attack, Currie threw the knife into the kitchen sink and dialled 999. She also tried to give Mr Campbell first aid.

Police arrived to find Mr Campbell lying in bed with a severe injury to his chest.

When questioned, Currie told them: "It was me. I stabbed him and I am admitting it.

"I went into the kitchen. I lifted the wee kitchen knife and then I went into the bedroom and told him I was going to do it. He was in bed.

"He just told me 'Go ahead, go ahead' so I did."

The court heard that the hospital consultant who treated Mr Campbell described him as "a very lucky man" after finding that one of five wounds inflicted by Currie had just missed his heart.

The court also heard that Mr Campbell tried to protect Currie by telling police and medics that he had fallen on broken glass.

'Hurtful words'

Currie pleaded guilty to attempted murder but her defence advocate Simon Gilbride said the attack was out of character.

He said: "She speaks of her shame at her behaviour. She is not a violent person and she is shocked by her conduct."

Mr Gilbride said Currie had reacted to "hurtful unkind words" about her mother, who had recently died, and the slap.

"It culminated in an extremely violent response," said the lawyer.

He told how Currie's childhood had been blighted by abuse and she had voluntarily gone into care.

She had also suffered domestic abuse at the hands of previous partners.

The lawyer said drink had played a part in the attack on Mr Campbell and her previous offending and she was determined to tackle her alcohol problem.

The court also heard that a clinical psychologist who examined Currie said she showed symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder.

Jailing Currie, judge Lord Boyd also ordered her to be kept under supervision for a year after she is released.

"I am prepared to exercise a degree of leniency," the judge said.

The circumstances of the incident and Currie's remorse made the case unusual, said the judge.

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