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Embittered housewife, 51, jailed for four years after stabbing her ex-husband

Victim: Joanne Reddy, 51, knifed Raymond Reddy (pictured) in the stomach at home

A housewife who stabbed her ex-husband during a row about their divorce screamed ‘die you bast’ as he crumbled to the floor.

Joanne Reddy, 51, knifed Raymond Reddy in the stomach at their home after he said he wanted to end their joint tenancy so he could move in with his new girlfriend.

As the victim collapsed to the ground Mrs Reddy – who had been drinking white wine – shouted at him and kicked him in the ribs.

The couple’s son Thomas, 24, who also lived in the converted mill, gave first aid.

When Thomas’s girlfriend dialled 999, his mother was heard shouting: ‘I hope he dies, I hate him. I don’t care.

Mr Reddy, 52, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, who had been married to Mrs Reddy for 20 years, was treated in hospital after the wound penetrated his abdomen wall.

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.

‘Sleep is very broken and my partner Joan has to come with me to the toilet as I’m too scared.

‘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.’

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Mr Reddy (pictured), 52, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, who had been married to Mrs Reddy for 20 years, was treated in hospital after the wound penetrated his abdomen wall

Mrs Reddy was jailed for four years at Manchester Crown Court after she admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

She was originally charged with attempted murder and is banned from contacting her ex-husband indefinitely under the terms of a restraining order.

The court heard the couple married in 1994 but were on the rocks by 2014 due to her heavy drinking.

They divorced in October last year.

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. 

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‘She had nowhere else to live and their son moved into the address as well.

He also had a new partner and he began to spend increasing amounts of time with her in her home most of the time while Mrs Reddy and Thomas were living in the former family home.

‘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.

The July 28 stabbing came after Mr Reddy told Thomas he wanted him to leave the flat while they were out at a takeaway.

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.

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The couple’s son Thomas (pictured), 24, who also lived in the converted mill, gave first aid

‘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.

‘At that she became extremely angry shouting verbal abuse and threatened to kill his new partner.

‘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.

‘He feared he would die and lay on the floor as Thomas administered first aid.

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”.

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Mrs Reddy was jailed for four years at Manchester Crown Court (pictured) after she admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm

‘When she was arrested she didn’t appear upset or concerned and she immediately admitted she had used a knife but said ”this is not attempted murder he just ped me off”.’

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.

It was not a sustained or repeated attack it was a short-lived incident. She still has the support of her family and friends.

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.’

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