Woman admits affray on Gunwharf pontoon

Police officers, including a forensic investigator, at the scene of the murder in Toronto Road, Buckland

Portsmouth murder accused tells trial that she only meant to frighten - and not kill - the victim

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A WOMAN who brandished a knife during an argument with her husband’s new girlfriend in Gunwharf Quays has avoided jail.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard how Betsy Mitchell, 37, argued with the victim over who was allowed to use the boat, moored at Gunwharf Quays on August 28.

Barnaby Shaw, prosecuting, told the court how Michell had celebrated her wedding anniversary with her husband two weeks before the incident.

Mr Shaw said the defendant had been told her husband’s ‘infidelity’ had ceased.

However, when the defendant, who lives in Etchinghill in Folkestone, Kent, found the woman on board the boat, there was a physical struggle.

After the victim got on to the pontoon, the defendant went into the boat and returned with a kitchen knife. Mitchell pleaded guilty to affray.

Hannah Smith, defending, said her client had been made a single mother of three and is experiencing ‘upheaval’ in her life after the incident.

Judge Roger Hetherington sentenced Mitchell to four months in prison suspended for 12 months.

She was also told to pay £250 towards the prosecution costs.