But the blade missed his vital organs.
He said in a statement: ‘I don’t feel I will ever get over what she did to me I keep crying and breaking down I can’t concentrate.
‘I’m too embarrassed to see my friends in the state I’m in at the minute. My elderly parents are devastated, and I’m worried about their wellbeing.
My relationship with my son has deteriorated too.
‘My physical scars will eventually heal but mental scars never will.
I want me and Joan to get away somewhere on our own and to rebuild our lives.’
The court heard the couple married in 1994 but were on the rocks by 2014 due to her heavy drinking.
Prosecutor Brian Berlyne said: ‘At the time of the divorce they were still living under the same the same roof in a one bedroom flat.
‘She had nowhere else to live and their son moved into the address as well.
‘He was still paying the bills for that flat and he decided he was going to relinquish his tenancy to live permanently with his partner and he told them they would have to move out – but he would give them time to find alternative accommodation.
Mr Berlyne said: ‘Thomas left the takeaway and was followed by Mr Reddy but by the time he got back to the flat he could see Mrs Reddy was angry as Thomas must have told her what had happened.
‘She joined in the argument and in anger Mr Reddy said he wanted them both to leave and he would make them leave the following day.
‘She telephoned the police to say he was trying to evict them and describes it as a ”really bad domestic getting out of hand” and he agreed to allow them to remain in the flat. It seemed the situation had calmed down but not long after, the argument resumed.
‘There were cans of lager in the fridge and when Mrs Reddy went to get one, Mr Reddy blocked her way said he wouldn’t let her have anything more to drink and he put them into a carrier bag and threw them out of the window.
‘He saw her then go into the kitchen and then pulled from under a pile of clothes a knife which was 10 inches long.
‘She plunged the knife into his upper abdomen, pulled the knife out and then attempted to stab him again [but] Thomas intervened [and] grabbed hold of her by the wrists but she shouted ‘die you bast’.
‘Despite his injuries Mr Reddy moved away to the foyer but he could feel a sharpish pain in his chest and his clothes were drenched with blood.
She commented ”I hope he dies” and kicked him in the ribs whilst he was lying on the floor.
‘Thomas’s girlfriend requested an ambulance but Mrs Reddy could be heard in that call saying: ”I hate him”.
‘Thomas said to her: ”look what you have done – you’re going to get locked away he could die” only to get the response: ”I don’t care”.
It was lucky there was no injury to any of Mr Mr Reddy’s major organs.
But there were psychological effects and he was referred to psychological liaison due to the distress.
Mrs Reddy declined to comment in a police interview.
Her counsel Robin Kitching said: ‘It was not something which arose out of the blue on the day in question and that context was the reason combined with the intake of alcohol.
‘Living with Mr Reddy had brought her to a particularly low point in her life – and it was a recipe for disaster.
‘It was that build-up of tension which led to the explosion which took place on the 28th July.
‘She is remorseful and has developed significant insight.
Sentencing, Judge Alan Conrad QC told Mrs Reddy: ‘Although you were divorced, the pair of you were under the same roof in circumstances difficult on both sides.
‘You stabbed him in the stomach and the injury was a serious one, the physical effects live on with him, fortunately no vital organs were damaged.
‘You are remorseful and there was no pre-meditation.’