Wife guilty of knife murder bid in Pembrokeshire

A 50-year-old woman who used a cooking knife in a bid to murder her husband at their home in Tenby, Pembrokeshire will be sentenced under the Mental Health Act.

Shafia Sofan was found guilty of attempted murder by a jury at Swansea Crown Court on Wednesday.

She used a traditional Pakistani botie knife with a 25in (63cm) blade to hit Mohammed Abdul Sofan as he sat watching television.

She will be sentenced in late August.

The jury heard that Sofan attacked her husband of 32-years "without warning" as he ate a slice of bread and drank tea in front of the television at their home in Broadwell Hayes.

She struck him on the head with the curved blade of the kitchen knife, and he managed to push her from the house, despite bleeding profusely.

While he was trying to call the emergency services for help, his wife tried to get back into their home, using an axe to smash down a back door.

Mr Sofan, a waiter, told the court that during the attack she had told him she was going to kill him.

Sentencing postponed

During cross examination by his wife's barrister, James Jenkins, he agreed that shortly before the attack, on 11 March this year, he had spent three months without his wife in Bangladesh, where he had contracted to marry another woman.

But, he added, no marriage had actually taken place.

She was due to be sentenced on Thursday after the judge said he wanted to consider the defendant's mental state.

However, he was told that it had proved impossible to find an available bed within a secure psychiatric unit for her.

Mr Justice Treacy said he was obliged to identify the institution where she would be held and treated and until he was told where that would be he would have to postpone sentencing.

She will be sentenced at Chester crown court in late August and will be held in custody until then.