Navy wife jailed for stabbing sailor husband

Crystal Smith, 30, outside Portsmouth Magistrates' Court
Crystal Smith, 30, outside Portsmouth Magistrates' Court
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A NAVY wife who stabbed her sailor husband three times in the back has been jailed for nine years.

Crystal Smith, 30, took an eight-inch bladed kitchen knife and stabbed Leading Seaman Simon Smith in the back severing an artery in his left arm.

Jurors at Portsmouth Crown Court took just three hours to find her not guilty of attempted murder but guilty of wounding with intent.

Prosecutor Barnaby Shaw said she fled the house after the attack leaving him in a pool of blood in their porch.

Smith, now of Methuen Road, Southsea, wept as Judge Sarah Munro QC sentenced her.

Judge MunroQC 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 spurting vast quantities of blood all over him and you and down the stairs as he went to get help.’

The judge also said she was satisfied the sailor had not attacked his wife she claimed and he had only ever once restrained her in the course of their relationship.

Judge Munro added by February 15 – two days after the attack – Smith had begun to manufacture excuses for what she had done.

Matthew Jewell, defending, said that by any account she had sought help for her husband after the attack.

He added she did suffer from mental health problems in the past.

During the trial jurors heard how Smith attacked her husband at their home in Gorselands Way, Gosport, after a navy night out on February 12.

Smith claimed she could not remember the stabbing and came to seeing her husband lying on the floor.

She was arrested in the early hours of February 13.