Navy wife who stabbed husband in attempt to clear her name

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A WOMAN who stabbed her husband in the back while ‘fuelled by fury’ has launched an appeal to clear her name.

Crystal Smith was charged with the attempted murder of her Royal Navy husband Simon Smith after she stabbed him with a kitchen knife at their home in Gorselands Way, Gosport.

In the summer a jury cleared the 31-year-old of that charge, but found her guilty of wounding with intent and she was jailed for nine years by a judge.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard she subjected father-of-one Mr Smith to repeated abuse during their marriage.

Now Smith, formerly of Methuen Road, Southsea, has lodged an appeal against her conviction and sentence and a senior judge at the Court of Appeal will decide if she can do so.

When Smith was led down from the dock, she shouted: ‘Please Simon, tell the truth, please Simon, tell the truth.’

The pair had been out at a naval function ahead of Mr Smith’s ship HMS Lancaster leaving for deployment.

Jurors were told she was overheard 
in the back of a taxi saying she would make it ‘rain with pain’ when they got home.

Sentencing Smith, Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘As he calmly packed his bag you armed yourself with the sharpest knife around.

‘You crept up the stairs in stockinged feet and, as his back was turned, stabbed him with glancing blows and one through the back of his arm through to the front, severing his arterial vessel and spurting vast quantities of blood all over him and you and down the stairs as he went to get help.’

The jurors added: ‘I’m quite satisfied the consequences of what you did very shortly hit you and at the time you stabbed Simon, in your drink, you were fuelled by the fury you had worked yourself up to and had the intention to cause him really serious harm.’

Smith had told jurors she had no memory of the stabbing on the night of February 12 and that her husband had grabbed her by the neck when they arrived home.

She said her recollection was being in the hallway and seeing ‘so much blood’.

But the jury rejected her version and convicted her of wounding with intent.

Judge Munro added that by February 15 Smith, who was drunk at the navy function, had begun to manufacture excuses for what she had done.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Smith said: ‘I expected to be called a liar and be accused of what she accused me of. But at the end of the day the jury believed she was the liar.’

He has since appeared on a BBC documentary about domestic violence perpetrated by women.