Sunday, 15 February 2015

A young mum spared UK jail term for stabbing violent partner

A YOUNG mother, who fled Zimbabwe, was this week spared immediate imprisonment in the UK for stabbing her violent partner.

Judge Jonathan Rose, passing a sentence of 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, told 23-year-old Ayanda Ndiweni: "It would be wholly wrong to deal with you otherwise than as a very vulnerable young woman who was simply trying to defend herself and wholly misjudged it."

Prosecutor Robert Galley told Bradford Crown Court Friday that the Ayanda had pleaded guilty to wounding Vincent Ngwenya in the early hours of New Year's Day, on an acceptable basis.
A YOUNG mother, who fled Zimbabwe, was this week spared immediate imprisonment in the UK for stabbing her violent partner.
Galley said: "There is no argument the complainant had been using violence to his partner. The defendant used a knife. That was excessive self-defence."

He said the couple, who had been together for six years and had a young child, had been to a New Year's Eve party until the early hours.

Ngwenya, who was in the Army, said Nidweni, of Kingsdale Avenue, Bolton, Bradford, shouted and swore at him when they got home.

She stabbed him with a four to five-inch bladed knife. Mgwenya suffered a 15 millimetre wound to his shoulder which needed stitching, a cut to his head which had to be glued, and a smaller cut to the back of his head.

Ayanda told police: "He was hitting me, so I stabbed him."

After reading a probation report and references about her, Judge Rose said the circumstances of her having to flee Zimbabwe were relevant.

"It's quite clear that whatever you did have to go through in your country will have impacted on you."

The judge said she was a young woman of impeccable character and the references spoke highly of what she did for other people, and she had studied to ensure a good future for herself and her family.

"You are not the usual sort of person appearing before the crown court for offences of this seriousness."

Judge Rose added: "It is clear that this entire incident was driven by circumstances not of your creation.

“Your partner was in drink. For reasons best known to himself, he used a degree of persistent violence and abusive behaviour towards you.

"Not finding any other way to protect yourself, you took up this knife and used it on him. Your guilty plea indicates that was an act of self-defence which you accept went too far."

The judge said it was a very serious matter and the use of knives could cause fatal injury.

But he told a tearful Ndiweni: "I don't anticipate we will see you in this court again.

“I imagine this has been a distressing experience for you and your family. It was an experience that was brought to you and not created by you."
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