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Woman Stabs Boyfriend During Argument About Packing For Vacation

“It has been difficult to get to the bottom of why you did this," a sentencing judge told Lesley Bradbury, who pleaded guilty to stabbing her partner.

By Eric Shorey
Woman Packing

A woman in the Manchester area of England wasn't backing down after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend after he refused to let her bring extra luggage on vacation.

Lesley Bradbury pleaded guilty to stabbing Gary Moore at the couple's home on Dec. 29, 2018. Moore had unloaded extra baggage of Bradbury's from the car, prompting the violent alteration.

"He deserved it," Bradbury had told police, according to The Independent, a British news organization.

Prosecutor Jonathan Turner described the wound suffered by Moore.

“Police attended the home Bradbury shared with her partner and he was outside. He had a two-inch stab wound to his left bicep," Tuner said. "She said to police ... [that] she wanted to kill herself. Inside the house he had thrown some of her possessions and she had stabbed him in order to stop him. There is no complaint from the complainant - he is hopeful for a renewal in the relationship.''

Moore was taken to a hospital immediately and has since recovered from the injuries.

Bradbury's lawyer Richard English argued that she suffered from a mental illness that caused her to act in a "pathological way." 

“Mental health issues underpinned the defendant’s offending," English said. "It is a case where if the defendant was well this wouldn’t have happened.”

Because Bradbury pleaded guilty, the initial charge of intent to cause grievous bodily harm was reduced to a lesser charge of unlawful wounding.

Bradbury was sentenced to 12 months in prison and 30 days of rehabilitation, according to Stoke-on-Trent Live.

Sentencing Judge Paul Lawton commented on the unique nature of the case during his deliberation.

“It has been difficult to get to the bottom of why you did this," Lawton said. "You do have a psychological disorder that causes you to hoard goods and you need to protect those in a pathological way so you lashed out at him with a knife. But that doesn’t reduce your culpability — the knife could have gone into the chest and it could have been a different scenario."

Moore did not give a comment to police about the incident.

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