Milford woman who stabbed friend in the back avoids prison sentence
11:01am Monday 28th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER of three stabbed a "good friend" in the back after he rescued her from a drunken night out, a judge heard on Friday.
The friend needed emergency treatment for a punctured lung.
Stacey-Leigh Keeble, 25, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Joshua Davies on March 16, 2013.
Francis Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court that Keeble went drinking in Milford Haven, and bumped into Mr Davies.
Mr Davies later noticed she was asleep and ordered a taxi and took her home to Harbour Way, where her partner, Peter Hallam, was sleeping.
Keeble was put to bed and Mr Davies was allowed to sleep downstairs because it was by then 3am.
Mr Jones said Keeble was heard to fall out of bed, go downstairs semi-naked and to hit Mr Hallam with the words: "I will show you what mental means."
There was a disturbance in the kitchen, and then the back door opened.
After hearing a banging on a window, Mr Davies went outside, but as he returned Keeble stabbed him in the back and he collapsed into the lounge.
When police arrived, Keeble said: "I think I have stabbed him. Am I in trouble?."
In a prepared statement given to police following her arrest, Keeble said a man in a pub had "put something onto a card and under my nose" and the next thing she could remember was being asked questions by police.
The court heard that Keeble had received cautions in the past for criminal damage, assault and affray.
James Jenkins, the barrister representing Keeble, said she had a troubled background but had turned her life around.
"She is devastated at what happened because the victim was a friend," he added.
Mr Jenkins said Keeble had stopped drinking.
The judge, Mr Recorder Peter Rouch, said the attack had been "completely motiveless."
She was jailed for 15 months, suspended for two years.She was also ordered to attend various work programmes.