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Stoke man who repeatedly stabbed ex-partner with kitchen knife sentenced to 10 years in prison

9 April 2018 Local News

A 53-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has been sentenced to ten years in prison for repeatedly stabbing his ex-partner in the neck with a kitchen knife.

Peter Weaver was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today (April 9) to ten years in prison, with a further four years to serve on licence. He is also the subject of an indefinite restraining order not to contact his victim by any means.

He pleaded guilty to wounding with intent at an earlier hearing in September 2017 at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

Both Weaver and his victim, Hazel Henshall, underwent emergency surgery and Weaver was initially put in an induced coma. Ms Henshall, now 57, is still suffering pain in her fingers and shoulder and from the severed tendons in her neck. She lost so much blood she had to have an emergency transfusion.

The court heard that officers and ambulance crews responded to a call to Denewood Place, Meir, just after 1pm on Sunday 30 April 2017. A woman in her fifties said she had been stabbed in the neck and feared she was losing consciousness.

When officers arrived at the scene they repeatedly banged on the door, before attempting to use an enforcer to gain entry. As they were about to do so Ms Henshall unlocked the door. She had injuries to her neck, described as life-threatening. Officers searched the first-floor flat and found Weaver was lying on a bed, also bleeding from injuries to his neck.

Blood was found in the kitchen and bedroom. Ms Henshall was rushed to hospital for surgery to her neck and hand with her fingers described as hanging off. She had raised her left hand in self-defence and in an attempt to snatch the knife from Weaver.

Weaver, of Denewood Place, Meir, was also taken into surgery at the Royal Stoke Hospital for treatment for his neck injuries.

The court heard that Weaver and Ms Henshall had met for drinks to discuss finances following the termination of their two-year relationship.

When she got to Weaver’s flat he persuaded her to come inside and came from the kitchen into the living room holding a knife.

She believed he was going to harm himself, so she went to call for help. He struck her mobile phone from her hand and dragged her into the kitchen, slamming the door behind him.

Weaver was initially calm, but backed her into a corner. She told him she didn’t want to die and he pressed a blade against her skin. He attacked her with the large kitchen knife, cutting both sides of her neck. She received severe cuts to both hands while trying to defend herself.

Weaver then cut his throat before retreating to the bedroom where he was found. He was in an induced coma as a result of his injuries until 2 May when he was arrested. His reply upon arrest was, ‘You know she hit me first, don’t you?’

Judge Michael Chambers QC, sentencing, said: “This was a brutal, unprovoked and sustained assault with a knife. The injuries will have a devastating and lasting effect on the victim.”

Detective Constable Colin Rushton, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was an extremely violent and dangerous attack and Hazel Henshall could easily have died from her injuries. We’re glad that Weaver is now safely behind bars where he can reflect on his actions.”

Detective Inspector Zoe Kelsall, of Staffordshire Police, said: “We thank Hazel Henshall and other witnesses for their courage in helping to bring this case to court. It was due to the quick response of ambulance and police officers that neither Ms Henshall nor Weaver lost their lives that day.”

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