Jealous teenager knifed lover in 'drunken rage'
TEENAGER Kelly Farrugia has been sentenced to five years in youth custody for stabbing her girlfriend.
The 19-year-old attacked Kirsty Brown in a drunken jealous rage after accusing her of being unfaithful.
She stabbed Miss Brown twice in the chest with a kitchen knife, and then refused to call her an ambulance.
Farrugia, pictured above, appeared at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court for sentencing yesterday after being convicted of wounding with intent following a trial.
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Judge Paul Glenn told Farrugia that it was sad the couple had not broken up sooner.
He said an immediate custodial sentence was the only one he could impose, considering the seriousness of the offence.
Judge Glenn said: "The two of you were jealous and possessive, and you argued together frequently.
"There have been previous incidents where things have become physical between you.
"At the time of this offence both you and Miss Brown had been drinking. She fell asleep on the sofa, and you took her phone out of her pocket and began to interrogate it. You accused her of infidelity – something she denied.
"She turned to go upstairs to bed. At that stage you took a kitchen knife and stabbed her twice with it. Having been injured, she asked you to call an ambulance, but you made no effort to assist her.
"She had two stab wounds in the torso. There were two separate strikes with the knife. Fortunately there was no damage within her abdomen, although she did need an operation."
James Dixon, mitigating, told the court that Farrugia, of Robert Heath Street, Smallthorne, had shown good qualities since her conviction.
He said: "She has been working with her mother on a market stall in Newcastle three days a week.
"This has meant getting up at 4.30am to get to the market. That shows she has a very positive future in terms of her conduct.
"She has continued to do that notwithstanding her guilty verdict. She hasn't just decided to enjoy herself as much as she can, knowing she will be going to prison for a length of time. That demonstrates a lot in terms of her attitude."
Judge Glenn said he agreed that the defendant had made some positive strides, but told her she would inevitably face a lengthy prison sentence.
He said: "I accept the view of the probation officer, that you pose a risk to future partners. But you are a person with good qualities.
"I am impressed that you have continued to be industrious, despite having this hanging over you."