A “very damaged and traumatised” domestic abuse victim has been jailed for killing her partner after fears he would rape her.
Joanne Williams, of Meek Road, Newent, appeared before Gloucester Crown Court charged with the murder of Marc Hastings, 43, of Berry Hill.
She had admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility, which was accepted by the prosecution.
The 51 year-old was sentenced to seven years and three months in jail.
The stabbing took place on 12 August and on the night of the killing the defendant and victim were seen outside the house arguing, despite an order put in place a week before that they should not meet.
She had told police she was afraid he was going to rape her.
‘Him or me’
Mr Hasting’s body was found naked on bedroom floor with a single stab wound to heart.
The court heard her 999 call to police.
She said: “I just stabbed someone. I stabbed him in the heart. I made sure it was in the heart.”
She later said: “It was him or me. I could not take anymore. At least I’ll get some peace now.”
Williams’s defence team told the court Mr Hastings had “complete control” of the defendant.
Williams had been hospitalised three times with injuries during her four-year relationship with Mr Hastings.
In addition to this, a multi-agency meeting in 2013 highlighted the abuse she was suffering and her fright that she may be killed.
Psychiatric reports described her as a “very damaged and traumatised woman”.
Her defence counsel added: “It was inevitable something was going to happen. There was a history of persistent physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
“The victim made it clear he would force himself on her the night of the killing.
“She had prepared herself by having a knife on a chair by the bed prior to …read more
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