Attempted murder trial jurors are due to retire

  • Jurors due to be sent out to consider verdicts
  • Prosecution alleges navy wife stabbed husband three times in murder bid
  • Defendant claims she has no memory of the incident
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JURORS are to be sent out in a trial of a navy wife accused of trying to kill her husband.

Crystal Smith is on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with the attempted murder of Simon Smith by stabbing him three times with an 8in knife in Gorselands Way, Gosport.

Yesterday she denied, in front of the jury, an alternative charge of unlawful wounding after it was put to her for the first time.

She previously pleaded not guilty to another alternative, wounding with intent, and she denies attempted murder.

Smith, 30, of Methuen Road, Southsea, said she has no memory of how her husband became injured. She said her husband attacked her at home.

A consultant forensic psychiatrist’s statement said if she was telling the truth about her memory loss then it is consistent with post traumatic memory loss.

She was arrested in the early hours of February 13 after the alleged stabbing.