Wife accused of stabbing told nurses husband strangled her

Crystal Smith arriving at Portsmouth Crown Court
Crystal Smith arriving at Portsmouth Crown Court
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A WOMAN accused of trying to murder her husband in a stabbing attack told a nurse he had grabbed her, jurors were told.

Crystal Smith told nurses who examined her following her arrest in the early hours of February 13 that Simon Smith pushed her to the floor, grabbed her arms, bashed her head on the floor and strangled her.

The 30-year-old navy wife is on trial at Portsmouth Crown Court charged with the attempted murder of her husband at their home in Gorselands Way, Gosport. She denies the charge.

Prosecutor Barnaby Shaw told the jury what Smith had told nurses as the fourth day of the trial heard medical evidence about the pair’s injuries.

Dr Basil Purdue, an independent pathologist on the Home Office list, said: ‘The injuries to Crystal Smith were comparatively minor and superficial bruising to head, trunk and limbs.

‘None of them were obviously patterned or shaped in such a way to suggest impact with any particular surface or object.

‘They were non-distinctive in their shapes or sizes.’

He added they were ‘mild to moderate’ and they were consistent with stumbling or falling rather than an assailant using beating or fists.

Defence barrister Matthew Jewell said it was not their case that Mrs Smith had been beaten.

‘It’s possible the upper arms might have been injured in restraining,’ Dr Purdue added.

Leading Seaman Smith was left with four wounds from three incisions. Two were connected as being the entry and exit point where the knife passed through soft tissue, Dr Purdue added. He said the sailor’s chest cavity was not punctured.

Dr Purdue also said the wounds to the chest were glancing injuries as they did not go far.

He added that the wounds could have been caused by someone from the front or back.

It is the prosecution’s case that Smith, now of Methuen Road, Southsea, stabbed her husband with a kitchen knife with an 8in blade from behind as he packed his bag to leave their married quarters home following a row after a night out.

Friends and near-neighbours Sarah and Chad Newman also gave evidence yesterday.

Mrs Newman said Mrs Smith told her about her relationship, saying: ‘There wasn’t a lot of affection.

‘As time went by there certainly wasn’t any intimacy in their relationship. She told me that she’s deeply unhappy. She called their marriage a show.

‘When they were out in public that was literally what it was, a show for other people.’

Smith faces an alternative charge of wounding with intent.