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Stab attack woman threatened to cry rape
9:39am Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
A WOMAN who was high on drink and drugs robbed a visitor to her home and stabbed him in the stomach as he tried to escape to tell police.
Joanne Buckley refused to let David Tawes seek medical and told him she would say she knifed him because he had tried to rape her.
Teesside Crown Court was told yesterday how the victim would have died had the blade entered his abdomen a fraction to one side.
Buckley, 29, was jailed for three years for her part in the March 23 attack, while friend Sophie Borrell, 17, was jailed for six months.
The pair came across Mr Tawes, 20, in Middlesbrough town centre and invited him back to their home in Emerald Street for a drink.
Shaun Dodds, prosecuting, said each of them tried to instigate sex with him.
Buckley then rifled through Mr Tawes’ pockets for his mobile phones and wallet while Borrell punched him in the back of the head and tried to choke him.
The victim was punched again by Buckley, and when he got up and walked towards the door asking for his belongings back, she plunged the knife into him.
Mr Dodds said: “Buckley wiped the blade on a cloth and went to the bathroom to wash it.
“She was shown the wound and said ‘oh my God’ and, to her credit, took a cloth to press on the wound.
“But their concern for him appears to have turned to themselves because they both told him he was going nowhere. He said he needed to go to hospital. Joanne Buckley said: ‘I know what, we will all go to the police station and say he tried to rape us and that’s why I stabbed him’.”
Mr Tawes escaped and called police.
Nigel Soppitt, for Buckley, said: “It was another day in her chaotic life... a variety of drugs and a bottle of vodka each day was completely the norm.
“The pitiful aspect of the case is that was everyday for her. She would obtain money from wherever, spend it on drink and drugs and be in a state of oblivion.”
Borrell’s barrister, Joanne Kidd, said she had suffered difficulties that led to her mixing with older and more sophisticated people, and getting into trouble.